GPL 3: An Open-Source Earthquake? (CRN)
Posted Feb 8, 2007 6:33 UTC (Thu) by bronson
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It seems clear to me but of course IANAL...
If a file was contributed without any license information, I can see only one way to interpret this... We can't assume it was intended to be public domain since basically everything is under copyright unless those rights are expressly waived (in the US since 1970 anyway). The court can only guess that the contributing author(s) intended to use the project's umbrella license. But, you're right, this hasn't been ruled on yet.
"Any code under other licences which is compatible with GPLv2 will be compatible with GPLv3."
That's not true is it? I could write a license that's compatible with the GPLv2 and also requires Tivoization ("you must keep your signing key private"). That hypothetical license would be compatible with the GPLv2 and yet incompatible with the last draft of the GPLv3.
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