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Re: NOTE: Please publicize any license changes to your packages



On Fri, 2007-07-20 at 16:21 +0100, Andy Green wrote:
> Somebody in the thread at some point said:
> 
> > BTW, shouldn't we start changing License: tags in packages for *GPL
> > packages, so that it include the exact version?
> > E.g. License: GPL2 (or GPL2only?) for GPL 2 without any later,
> > LGPL2.1+ (or LGPL2.1?) for LGPL 2.1 or any later, etc.
> 
> There is a whole subject here... distributors of GPL2 "or later" have
> the opportunity to specify the terms they are distributing it on.  For
> example, it is a legit option AIUI to specify that you are giving people
> GPL2 "or later" stuff under specifically GPL2 terms.

Not really.  If you have "or later" then someone can take the source
code and redistribute it under GPLv3.  The "or later" is an additional
permission that is granted and you can't just go take that away without
removing all references to it.  Even then, someone can just take an
older release and use that.

josh


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