[linux-elitists] The SCO teleconference

Nick Moffitt nick@zork.net
Thu Aug 14 15:41:17 PDT 2003


begin  Rick Moen Lives Three Hours from Nowhere  quotation:
> 1.  GPL is a grant of additional conditional rights under copyright law.
> 2   It's difficult to imagine a judge declaring it void without declaring
>     the entire basis of copyright void, however:
> 3.  If a judge does so, and is confirmed on appeal, then all covered
>     property reverts to a default Copyright Act grant, i.e., without
>     right to create derivative works or redistribute.  Thereupon:
> 4.  Copyright holders would then issue a new instance under some
>     different licence not having whatever defect the judge found GPLv2
>     to have.

	A point on the extremely hypothetical #3, and the solution in
#4.

	The FSF preferred license statement ends with the phrase "or,
at your option, any later version."  Likely GPLv3 would come out right
quick, and the vast majority of software out there would automatically
be fixed.

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