[cc-licenses] Compatibility: please do not use an external list, insert explicit conversion clauses instead

Arne Babenhauserheide arne_bab at web.de
Fri May 10 21:36:57 EDT 2013


Am Dienstag, 19. Februar 2013, 17:18:11 schrieb drew Roberts:
> Does someone 
> licensing their work under BY-SA4.0 know what the terms of GPLv6 will look 
> like?

The GPLv3 has a definition how a later version must look like: 

    Such new versions will be similar in spirit to the present version, but may differ in detail to address new problems or concerns.

If they removed this clause from a future license, then that license would very likely no longer be similar in spirit (because requiring new versions to be similar in spirit is a central part of its spirit), so they would not be a later version of GPLv3 - regardless of their name. They could call it GPLv4 as often as they like: If it does not adhere to the requirement for a later version (similar in spirit), then it would not be a later version of GPLv3.

Best wishes,
Arne
-- 
Unpolitisch sein
heißt politisch sein, 
ohne es zu merken. 
- Arne (http://draketo.de)


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