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Re: gplv3 files and updates

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: gplv3 files and updates
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2007 19:45:04 +0200
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James Youngman wrote:

> I enclose a patch which adds an option to gnulib-tool to modify the
> copyright banners of the Gnulib code to say "version 3".   This allows
> projects which treat Gnulib files as generated code to import and
> reimport without reverting part of the source to GPL version 2.   I
> propose to use this facility to allow findutils to migrate to GPL
> version 3 without needing lots of hand-editing every time I update
> gnulib from CVS.

Well, I hope we can get over this license change without adding complexity
to gnulib-tool. Complexity which might well be for historical reasons only,
in a month.

There is no problem with distributing a package whose README says
"GPLv3 or later" with some source files that say "GPLv2 or later", is there?

The sequence of events that I'm hoping for is this:
  - First, get agreement that all projects that use gnulib are OK with GPLv3.
  - Then, over a few weeks, let these projects upgrade their READMEs and
    license notices in their source code.
  - Then, change the license notices in gnulib's code.


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