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Re: Software Licenced Under a Specific Version of GPL

On Thu, Sep 06, 2001 at 12:55:38AM +0200, Jakob B. Jensen wrote:
> If /usr/share/doc/foo/copyright says "You may use this package
> according to /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL or any later
> version" (Or a similar vague statement relying on a specific
> contents of that symlink), changing GPL to point to GPL-3 could
> cause future uploads to be "automatically" relicensed.

Please file bugs against such packages; they should say something
much more 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.


  On Debian GNU/Linux systems, the complete text of the GNU General
  Public License can be found in `/usr/share/doc/common-licenses/GPL'.

Then there is no contradiction or implicit relicensing when the
symlink eventually changes, just that people will find version 3 by
default, not version 2.

There is more difficulty with packages which say "distributed under
the GNU GPL" without any version specification.



         Julian Gilbey, Dept of Maths, Queen Mary, Univ. of London
       Debian GNU/Linux Developer,  see http://people.debian.org/~jdg
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