Re: Bug#523093: undetermined copyright/license violation
On Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 09:37:22AM +0100, Anthony W. Youngman wrote:
> I think you're wrong here! The GPL does NOT give you the right to change
> the terms on which the original author granted use of the code!
> What it does give you (if the author uses the "or later" wording) is the
> right to use a later licence to cover what YOU do. Let us say that I
> licence something under "Version 2 or later". I have NOT given you the
> right to relicence my code! What you *can* do is say "I prefer the terms
> of version 3, the licence grant gives me the right to claim version 3 as
> my permission to use this code, therefore I will modify/distribute/etc
> under version 3". It DOES NOT allow you to take away my grant of version
> If you then distribute modified code and say "modifications are v3 only"
> the resulting file becomes distributable under v3 only. It still hasn't
> taken away my grant of version 2 to my code.
Alright then. Thanks for the correction.
So what we need it to keep the old license header around, whenever there
was one. I'll make sure this applies before the package is uploaded.
The DRM opt-in fallacy: "Your data belongs to us. We will decide when (and
how) you may access your data; but nobody's threatening your freedom: we
still allow you to remove your data and not access it at all."