[OSM-legal-talk] Future license upgrades, the heart of the matter

Simon Ward simon at bleah.co.uk
Tue Jan 27 22:50:06 GMT 2009

On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 08:59:26PM +0000, 80n wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 12:41 AM, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:
> > * WHAT changes can be made to the license once it is accepted;
> >
> If section 11 of the GDFL 3.1 is anything to go by [1], then pretty much
> anything is possible.

GNU licences leave the possibility of using different versions of a
licence in the hands of the licensor, although they default to any
version of the licence.  To avoid the sneaky upgrades, a GFDL‐licensed
work could have been licensed under the terms of GFDL 1.2 only.
A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a
simple system that works.—John Gall
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