FSF is creating a problem that did not exist before!
Posted Oct 2, 2006 14:19 UTC (Mon) by mingo
In reply to: FSF is SOLVING a problem that did not exist 10 years ago
Parent article: Busy busy busybox
The people who do care can always remove "or later" clause FSF already did the most of the work: "or later" clause is not part of license, but only part of the grant text.
This still misses the point. Nothing that i do in the future can affect the rules of the contributions i did in the past. Still there's a single person on this planet who can do it: RMS has the legal power to retroactively change the meaning of my contributions, by releasing a new version of the GPL. (Yes, i trusted and empowered him to be able to do it by contributing "or later" licensed code, and i might regret it if he releases a new version of the license that is contrary to what i thought the GPL was about and people would be able to co-opt my code under a later version of the GPL without me being able to merge back their modifications into my codebase.)
Or is your point that RMS does not have this legal power vested in him and only him? Or if you agree with me that this power does exist, dont you think this power has more moral obligations attached to it than trying to advance his own moral rules?
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