AW: For Approval: Some License Or Another
Ian Lance Taylor
ian at airs.com
Tue Nov 30 15:08:36 UTC 2004
Ian Lance Taylor <ian at airs.com> writes:
> Perhaps it would help if you stated your goals more clearly. If your
> goal is a version of the GPL which is fully supported by German and
> European law, then automatic license update seems orthogonal to that.
> The regular GPL does not have automatic update--as you know, the usual
> GPL phrasing is "either version 2 of the License, or (at your option)
> any later version." So your goal is not simply a version of the GPL
> supported by German and European law. So what is your goal?
I'll note further that proprietary software doesn't have automatic
license update either. If I purchase software from Microsoft, it
comes with a specific license. Microsoft does not have a provision in
which my software will automatically come under a new license as soon
as I become aware of it; nor does any other proprietary software
vendor. (Microsoft does of course use a new license for new releases
and new updates.) So what you are looking for here is really unusual.
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