Jerry James wrote:
On Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 10:50 AM, Andreas Roehler
> BTW, can't conceive any real legal hindrance from relicensing
> files with GPLv3, because the rights of the authors are
> not touched.
> The copyright-holder may licence as (s)he will, you will not
> diminish this right.
> IMHO you may distribute free software, if no license is
> specified, with licence GPLv3, as it affects only your
> distro, not the original copyright.
If no license is specified, how do you know it is free software?
How it could be distributed already, if not?
Well, mistakes may always happen.
But while re-licensing, it must not being coupled with a license-check IMO.
Its a declaration of the conditions you publish that code now.
It concerns distribution, not authorship.
Should some none-free code have been slipped in, then thats already
the case now, not a matter of GPLv3.
Also, if an author specifies a specific set of rights to be granted,
we cannot grant additional rights without the permission of the
author, or else we have indeed "touched" the rights of that author.
Already it's assumed, all files have GPL compatible licenses if any.
If not, its assumed simply being free, public domain. All the Emacs Lisp language code
already is GPL, can't imagine writing anything anti-GPL with it.
I mean you can savely assume all code written for (X)Emacs and sent in
is meant to be distributed with it, is meant to be with a license up to date.
Anything else would bring the work of
the author simply out of use, which probably is not the intent.
Otherwise, should some author arg against publishing under GPLv3,
its time to remove that code still.
Do you imagine an example, how someone might object GPLv3 with the consequences
seeing removed its code?
I may be wrong, well. Just my opinion so far.
BTW what about to make an announcement at the XEmacs html-site, telling authors about
the license-change and asking them to contradict if not agreed,
assuming consent otherwise?
So, no, we can't just relicense everything under the GPLv3 unless
have been granted all pertinent rights by the authors.
Sorry to have not been following up on my own list of issues to check.
Real Life has been a bear for a couple of years now (although it's
largely self-inflicted, so I can't complain too much). Can we put up
a canonical copy of that list somewhere, so whenever someone has a
little free time, they can grab an item and check it out?
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