Re: GPLv3 Position Statement

From: Simon Oosthoek
Date: Thu Sep 28 2006 - 10:51:25 EST

DervishD wrote:
Probably the renaming is just common sense and will avoid ALL
problems. People like me are concerned only because all GPLv2 that
doesn't state otherwise will be released automagically under GPLv3 as
soon as the latest draft is made the official version. Otherwise, I
wouldn't give a hump about any new license until I have the time to
read it and see if I like it.

I've already commented on the fsf site about this in the same way, and I wasn't the first one. The only problem with this, from the FSF p.o.v. is when this draft will not be automatically applied to all those pieces of code licensed under "v2 or any later", the power of their political message will be reduced to those choosing freely to convert to the new license. I have no idea how many that would be, but those that do would actually support their political agenda, which would be much better from the "free" perspective.

If they choose to "upgrade" the GPL from v2 to this draft, they will never again get support from those who feel betrayed in their trust of the FSF in keeping the GPL to its original meaning in v2 (but not from its original intended meaning, so probably it would have been misplaced trust)

So who would get "hurt" by this? People who licensed their code under the GPLv2 or later, naively thinking that the license text was the intended goal of the license.

Still, these are interesting times in free/open source software world ;-)

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