Eben Moglen's linux.conf.au keynote
Posted Apr 25, 2005 21:36 UTC (Mon) by brouhaha
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Anyone else feel worried that it could get nasty?
I don't expect it to. The reason corporations and the community have embraced the GPL is that the vision behind it actually serves their needs. Since there hasn't been a big change in the vision, I expect there to only be a little controversy over hammering out the fine details.
Certainly anyone unhappy with GPLv3 can continue using GPLv2. Although it is somewhat customary to do so, the copyright holder does not have to include the "or any later version" clause.
Personally, I don't like the idea of providing software under a license that could be changed at any time by another party. While I do not believe that Richard Stallman or Eben Moglen would put any terms in a future version of the GPL that I would dislike, there's the remote chance that they could both get run over by a bus or something, and someone else take over the FSF and change its direction. I don't expect that to happen, and certainly very much hope that it will not, but because of that possibility my own GPL'd software has been released with an explicit statement that it is covered by the GPLv2 only, and not any later version. If the GPLv3 meets with my approval (and I fully expect that it will), I will release future versions under GPLv3.
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