Making kernel license upgradeable
Posted Oct 14, 2004 11:12 UTC (Thu) by copsewood
In reply to: Buying the kernel
Parent article: Buying the kernel
I won't comment on b. Your suggestion a. would also need much more than a comment in source code to be effective. Essentially, as I understand this, to make it possible to transition to a more effective license in the spirit of
the GPL (e.g. to a GPL version 3 or higher, if GPL v2 were to fail in a significant way in court) it would be neccessary to get all contributors to contribute on the revised basis, possibly requiring them to post new code with an appropriate copyright notice, contact all existing contributors, and phase out code contributed by deceased and uncontactable or unwilling existing contributors.
Not an easy, or in my view a likely prospect.
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