how much right do I have on my project, if there are patches by others?

Arnoud Engelfriet arnoud at
Fri Jul 6 15:03:33 UTC 2007

Nick Moffitt wrote:
> Arnoud Engelfriet:
> > Ben Tilly wrote:
> > > Bad example.  If you've followed the FSF recommendations for how to
> > > apply the GPL (the ones that are written into the GPL), then no
> > > permission is needed to go from GPL v2 to v3.
> > 
> > Those recommendations are not part of the GPL, fortunately.
> See the "How to Apply These Terms to Your New Programs" section, which
> suggests that you use the wording "either version <N> of the License, or
> (at your option) any later version."  

That heading is directly below the "END OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS"
notice, which is why I said they are not part of the GPL.

Linus Torvalds is probably the most famous author that chose
not to use this wording when applying GPL version 2 to his software.

> These recommendations are not
> related to assignment of copyright, and reasonable people differ on the
> relative benefits of licensing software in this manner.

Indeed. But you can guess in which camp I am. :)


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