[License-discuss] GPLv3 'permanent' license reinstatement?

Smith, McCoy mccoy.smith at intel.com
Wed Oct 24 20:03:46 UTC 2018

"However, if you cease all violation of this License " is the precondition to that reinstatement condition.  If you begin violating the terms again, how could you have "cease[d] all violation of th[e] License"?

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From: License-discuss [mailto:license-discuss-bounces at lists.opensource.org] On Behalf Of Kevin P. Fleming
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Subject: [License-discuss] GPLv3 'permanent' license reinstatement?

Section 8 of the GPLv3 says this:

You may not propagate or modify a covered work except as expressly provided under this License. Any attempt otherwise to propagate or modify it is void, and will automatically terminate your rights under this License (including any patent licenses granted under the third paragraph of section 11).

However, if you cease all violation of this License, then your license from a particular copyright holder is reinstated (a) provisionally, unless and until the copyright holder explicitly and finally terminates your license, and (b) permanently, if the copyright holder fails to notify you of the violation by some reasonable means prior to
60 days after the cessation.


As I read this, if I violate the license terms, notice my own violation, cure it, and at no time does anyone else notify me of my violations, then my license is reinstated *permanently*. If the reinstatement is indeed permanent, how could it ever be terminated again if I begin violating the terms again?

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