[License-discuss] OSI as guarantor for "or later" *GPL clauses

Pamela Chestek pamela at chesteklegal.com
Fri Nov 12 02:31:12 UTC 2021

On 8/31/2021 5:45 AM, Enrico Zini wrote:
> Hello,
> I would like to be able to license my code with one of the *GPL family
> licenses, and to add OSI as an extra entity that can guarantee for what
> "or later" might mean in the future.
> I'd like something similar to what KDE Foundation is doing:
> https://community.kde.org/Policies/Licensing_Policy#LicenseRef-KDE-Accepted-GPL
> sounding kind of like "any later version that is OSI approved".
> I'd like to know if OSI thinks it would make sense, and if so, to
> possibly suggest a wording I could use for it.
The OSI approves licenses one by one, not as a family. So any new 
version of the GPL is not automatically approved, it goes through the 
approval process. So it seems to me that your suggestion "any later 
version, provided it an OSI-approved license," would suit your needs.


> Enrico

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