Re: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3

From: Dmitry Torokhov
Date: Fri Jun 15 2007 - 09:03:38 EST

On 6/15/07, Alan Cox <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> No, you do receive the license from the person or entity you received
> the program. You have an _option_ to go to the original author and get
> copy of original code with original license (or maybe other license).

You receive the licence from the original author. The GPL contains no
text allowing a third party to grant new licences.

GPL itself does not. But the author(s) may when they specify "any
later version", "dual GPL/BSD", etc. In this case (IMHO) distributor
in fact relicenses the code and may reduce license to sipmply BSD or
simply GPL, or "GPL v3 from now on". To "restore" license you would
need to go upstream and get the code from there.

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