[linux-elitists] Re: The GPLV3 Position... (and a suggestion to Jon Corbet)

Matthew Sayler sayler@thewalrus.org
Wed Sep 27 10:04:24 PDT 2006


On Wed, Sep 27, 2006 at 12:12:26PM -0400, Jeremy Hankins wrote:
> > In general, and especially if your license is really a contract, courts
> > have to look at intent to some extent.
> 
> Ignoring the license-as-contract tangent, it's important to bear in mind
> that the FSF may not be the licensor of a work under the GPLv3.  So even
> if the FSF intends it in a particular way, and you trust them to behave,
> the intent of the actual licensor might be quite different.  That's (one
> of the reasons) why it's always important to go by the actual text of
> the license.

Agreed.  But in addition to the copyright holder, if the copyright
holder has the "or a later version" thing going, you probably have to 
worry about the FSF.

Your point is well taken though.  Ignorance of the rights of copyright
holders runs rampant in the development community.

Matt



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