Planning for decades
Posted Mar 29, 2012 11:06 UTC (Thu) by smurf
In reply to: Planning for decades
Parent article: A turning point for GNU libc
Legally, "any later version" might well be interpreted as "… which intends to convey essentially the same rights".
If I had intended to publish my code under a 3-BSD license, ten years ago, I would have done so; therefore the FSF has no right to publish a 3-BSD-equivalent and label it "GPLv4".
Again, this is about the stated intent of both the FSF (what does it stand for? what are their goals?) and me (did I agree with these, when I chose that license?). It's not about the text "or any later version" with an implied "… whatever that says, decided unilaterally by the FSF".
Whatever your opinion about legal beagles in general, give them some credit.
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