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Re: New GPLv3 and LGPLv3 discussion drafts available



On Thu, 03 Aug 2006 00:06:56 -0000 Thomas Dickey wrote:

> Francesco Poli <frx@firenze.linux.it> wrote:
> 
> > :::: Kills copyleft: this is not in the spirit of GPLv2
> 
> > I strongly *dislike* the entire concept of allowing a limited set of
> > additional requirements to be added.
> 
> > That is *against* the spirit of the GPLv2 (where the FSF promised
> > that new versions would "be similar in spirit to the present
> > version", see GPLv2, section 9.) and greatly weakens the copyleft.
> 
> true - since it is against the spirit of GPLv2 it automatically makes
> it impossible to invoke the remainder of section 9 ("you have the
> option...").

I wish it were so easy!
The FSF claim that a horribly non-free license (the GFDL) is a "free
documentation license" (it's claimed in its very name!), they can also
claim that the GPLv3 with this permission to add restrictions is
"similar in spirit to the" GPLv2.
Whether this is true or not is of very little importance: I doubt that a
court can be successfully convinced that a work released under the GPL
"v2 or later" cannot be used under the GPLv3, on the basis of this
betrayal of the spirit of GPLv2...   :-(

-- 
But it is also tradition that times *must* and always
do change, my friend.   -- from _Coming to America_
..................................................... Francesco Poli .
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