The "or later" clause and marriage
Posted Oct 2, 2006 0:02 UTC (Mon) by socket
Parent article: Busy busy busybox
I must admit, first, that I haven't decided how I feel about the GPLv3. I'm still trying to sift out real arguments from straw men, on both sides, and I wish there were better resources on copyright, patent, and contract law available for study online. I want my opinion, whatever it will be, to at least be informed.
I remember when I first took notice of the "or later" clause about seven or eight years ago, and it worried me: what if the future versions of the GPL would be completely in conflict with the spirit of the GPL as I understood it then?
I just got married last month, and that was the first time I felt good about believing that come what may, I'm committed. The future is uncertain, people change, circumstances could make anyone do things that their younger selves might have been aghast at. It was a real leap of faith for me to accept that even if things do change in my relationship, I'll make my best effort at finding real solutions rather than bailing out.
I don't make leaps of faith like that lightly. The FSF has been, overall, a good organization. Past performance can predict future actions, but given enough time, anything can change. Do I absolutely trust that every future version of the GPL is one that I'll want to use for my projects? Not without knowing what the future GPLs will say.
I will not decide what I think of licenses until I've read, studied, and understood them. The kind of trust the "or later" clause requires has no place outside of intimate relationships.
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