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Re: GPL "+" question

On Fri, May 29, 2015 at 03:09:34PM +0200, Ole Streicher wrote:
> Same for me. However: the (L)GPL allows even an unmodified
> redistribution under a later license.

This is key -- redistribution. It doesn't change the license. If I get
this file after you say it's GPLv3, it's still LGPLv2.1+ to me if I
remove it from other works that change the distribution terms (unless
it's been modified, in which case the licensing of the work on the whole
changes, and yadda yadda yadda)

I originally thought there was a different question being asked; sorry
about that (the terms used and not looking at the source didn't help :))

> It is up to upstream to decide
> whether he chooses the original or a later one. And since I take these
> files from upstream, not from the original author, I am bound to his
> decision, independently whether the files are modified or not.

Unmodified, the license of the works is unchanged, even if we
*distribute* under a different one.

> Therefore, if he chooses to redistribute the files in src/wcs/ under
> GPL-3+, than this is the license for these file, and it should be
> documented as such under debian/copyright. And in this case, the
> redistribution under a GPL-3+ is clear (by adding the according
> statement to the file headers).
> > This doesn't appear to be the case, this looks like LGPLv2.1+ files were
> > modified by someone licensing their changes under GPLv3+, which is
> > legit. I believe treating this file as GPLv3+ is fine / good enough.
> The reason here is not modification (although it makes this case clear),
> but redistribution. Upstream has chosen to redistribute the files under
> GPL-3+, and if we want to use these files, we have to respect this.
> Best regards
> Ole

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