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Re: Final text of GPL v3



On Sun, 01 Jul 2007 10:33:55 +0200 Florian Weimer wrote:

> * Francesco Poli:
> 
> >> Well, we can decide this on a case-by-case basis.  We already have
> >to, > because licenses which require certain notices to be preserved
> >are > very common.
> >
> > Yes, that is exactly what I expressed: the disappointment that
> > GPL-compatibility is no longer a DFSG-compliance guarantee.
> > Some restrictions that can be legally added to a GPLv3'd work will
> > make the work non-free, so we have to check on a case-by-case
> > basis...  :-(
> 
> But in reality, this is nothing new.  People slap the GPLv2 on
> combined works which they cannot legally license this way.
                       ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> There have
> been quite a few surprises.  I don't think this change is a major
> issue for us, we just have to be careful as ever.

The major change is that with GPL v2 we can (hope to) convince upstream
to fix the situation, since it makes the resulting work undistributable.

On the other hand, with GPL v3, the very license seems to allow non-free
restrictions to be added, so we cannot any longer say "look, you cannot
do this" (or, at least, "look, this is contradictory", for cases where
the whole work is copyrighted by a single copyright holder...).

> 
> To be honest, I can't see any problems with this particular aspect of
> the SHING GPL.

"SHING GPL" ?
I'm sorry, but I'm having a hard time in understanding this...  :-(


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