FSF is creating a problem that never existed!
Posted Oct 2, 2006 16:37 UTC (Mon) by mrfredsmoothie
In reply to: FSF is creating a problem that never existed!
Parent article: Busy busy busybox
Without realizing this enormous moral obligation, and without codifying that obligation into the license and into the license update process i feel there is no possibility for the GPLv3 process to be open in the sense of free software: we should not only have the ability to see the process, but also the ability to modify it.
Why is it only contributors that deserve this freedom-to-modify? What about users?
Remove the "or any later" language and go the normal way of acquiring the hearts and minds of contributors: by convincing them to use a new license, once it has been released, for newly written code or for old code they wrote and are willing to relicense, one by one.)
This is by far the more valid concern, IMO. I don't think contributors who wouldn't have agreed to new terms should be bound to them after-the-fact, and I don't know how well the whole "spirit of the license thing" would hold up in court WRT the "or any later version" thing (I doubt any court is going to enjoy sorting out what each developer "meant" when they licensed under the GPL).
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