GFDL 1.3: Wikipedia's exit permit
Posted Nov 5, 2008 17:55 UTC (Wed) by pr1268
Parent article: GFDL 1.3: Wikipedia's exit permit
I dunno... It seems that Wikipedia's requesting a new license solely to get them out of a quandary sets a dangerous precedent. I envision all sorts of FLOSS-related license proliferation happening just because some licensing organization uses a pre-built license created by someone else only to discover later that "one size does not fit all" and they would be stuck with their current ill-fitted license for the time being.
On the other hand, perhaps this isn't Wikipedia's dilemma--if the GDFL truly is flawed in its verbiage, then I hope that this revision is for the license's sake and not just for Wikipedia.
Just a general comment: The "or any later version" clause really opens up a Pandora's Box of relicensing possibilities. Let's hope that the GDFL does not reach E.g. version 1.95 within the next year due to nonstop rewriting of the license simply to appease every last licensing organization's request (Wikipedia's current situation excepted).
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