Re: Fix FSF address in copyright notices?
Kumar Appaiah <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Pardon me if I miss something, but is it prudent to alter upstream's
> license without their permission in the source? Granted, it's just an
> address change which may not change the constraints and restriction
> imposed by the license itself, but I wonder if this would actually be
> the right thing to do, rather than have upstream fix it.
I don't think the address is part of the license. The whole license
statement is something like:
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at
your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU
General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program. If not, you can find it on the World Wide
Web at http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html, or write to the Free
Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA
The first two paragraphs establish the license, and are normative. The
third paragraph isn't normative. It doesn't affect the terms and
conditions of the work; it's just a pointer to where you can find the
Russ Allbery (email@example.com) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>