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Hi all!

According to its debian/copyright[1], bootcd[2] is licensed as follows:

|
| License: 
| Most recent version of the GPL.
|

I've never seen anything like this.
I saw "GPL v2 or later", "GPL v2 only", "GPL" (which automatically means
"any version"[3]), even "GPL v1 or later", but I've never seen "GPL
latest version"...

What does this mean?
The GNU GPL v3 will probably be more restrictive than v2, at least in
some respects.
Assume I download bootcd now: I get it under the terms of GNU GPL v2.
What will happen as soon as GPL v3 is out in its final form?
Will I still be able to exercise the rights granted by GPL v2 on my copy
of bootcd (version 2.53)?
Or does it automagically becomes licensed under GPL v3?

Is this possible at all?
Section 9 of GPL v2 does not specify any meaning for the above-quoted
permission notice.  It explains the meaning of a "GPL vX or later"
licensing and of a "GPL" licensing.  It does not explicitly talk about
"GPL vX only" licensing, because it is self-explanatory, I think.  But
nothing is said about a "GPL latest version" licensing...

Is this a valid license statement at all?
Should I ask <licensing@gnu.org> to provide an authoritative answer
about this situation?
Should I file a bug report against the bootcd package to ask for a
clarification?


[1] currently available at
http://packages.debian.org/changelogs/pool/main/b/bootcd/bootcd_2.53/bootcd.copyright
[2] http://packages.debian.org/bootcd
[3] see GPLv2#9 for further details

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