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Re: [gNewSense-users] KFV: GPL without version - does COPYING apply or n
Re: [gNewSense-users] KFV: GPL without version - does COPYING apply or not?
Sat, 12 Apr 2008 09:53:36 +0300
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Sam Geeraerts wrote:
Markus Laire wrote:
Just "GPL" means "GPL, any version", so it's not restricted to GPLv2
only (although for the Linux kernel only GPLv2 matters). I would mark
them as just GPL.
I just finished section drivers/watchdog
There were three files where license mentioned GPL but not any version
nor the COPYING file.
Since I'm not sure whether COPYING file applies in these cases or not,
I decided to mark these three cases as "GPL (only GPLv2 if COPYING
Is this OK?
Well, it's not that simple in this case because COPYING says "Also note
that the only valid version of the GPL as far as the kernel is concerned
is _this_ particular version of the license (ie v2, not v2.2 or v3.x or
whatever), unless explicitly otherwise stated."
So if the file was written specifically for Linux Kernel, by just
mentioning GPL author could've meant "GPL as specified in COPYING file"
since he doesn't "explicitly state otherwise".
Or author could've meant "GPL, any version"
So I prefered to inform readers of this ambiguity by stating "GPL (only
GPLv2 if COPYING applies)".