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Re: [gNewSense-users] KFV question no licence or author

From: Bake Timmons
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] KFV question no licence or author
Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2008 09:46:15 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

> When you find a file without author or licence, is assumed that is part
> of the kernel and licenced under GPLv2. You will find this in some
> Makefile. In the other hand there is the possibility of a licence not
> specified, like "this is under GNU licence", without a version of the
> licence. Then you must email the author and ask about the file.

By "under GNU license", I think you mean "under the GPL".  I recall
different answers to this question from the thread:

It seems that we do *not* have to ask the author at all, since he has
already granted us the choice(*), and we choose GPLv2 to be compatible
with the Torvald's choice for the larger work.  Now if we wanted to
distribute such a file as GPLv3, then I would ask the author, because we
can only assume that he had the Linux kernel in mind when he used that

(*) Text found in all three versions of the GPL:

"If the Program does not specify a version number of this License, you
may choose any version ever published by the Free Software Foundation."

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