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Re: Releasing SW under GPL

> - Which text to include in the files? Is the following OK?
>  * Author    : xx yy
>  * Copyright : xx yy, 2000-2005
>  * License   : GNU GPLv2 or later
>  * This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
>  * it under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2 as
>  * published by the Free Software Foundation;
>  *
>  *
>  * Revisions : 2005-11-16, xx yy, initial GPL release
>  */

That seems OK.

> - In the top directory is a copy of the GPL text, like gpl.txt for
> GPLv2.


> - Should the same text be included in all files? *.c, *.h and various
> other files like Makefile, README, TODO, Changelog etc.

Yes, unless you point towards another file that has it.

> - Which years should the Copyright cover: All years since the beginning
> of development (2000-2005) or the current year when the release is made
> (2005 and subsequent years)? For some code many revisions have been
> made, not even resembling the original code.

Probably all years since the beginning.

> - What is the difference if I write 'GPLv2 or later' or just 'GPLv2'?
> Consequences when GPLv3 is released?

If you write 'and later', it means that when the GPL3 is released,
your users will be able to choose between GPL2 and GPL3. If you
release under 2 only, you will only be able to use the GPL 2.

hope this helps,
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