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SubjectRe: GPL V3 and Linux - Dead Copyright Holders


On Tue, 31 Jan 2006, Paul Jakma wrote:
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> http://www.uwsg.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/0009.1/0096.html
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> Until you made that change, a reasonable person might have presumed that lack
> of version statement (no, the actual GPL license version at the top of the GPL
> itself does not count ;) ) would mean section 9 would have applied.

Actually, I don't think it was really debatable even before that, but yes,
I wanted to cover my ass. _Exactly_ because of that confusion over "any
version" in section 9.

IOW, it isn't a new confusion. It's an old confusion that I've always felt
was silly - and incorrect - and that I wanted to address explicitly,
exactly so that there wouldn't be any ambiguoity.

So I maintain that "version 2" has always been the version of the GPL as
it pertains to the kernel as far as I'm concerned, but exactly because
some other people have been confused, I wanted to make it not only
explicit, but also mention it publicly when the clarification was done, so
that people who _had_ been confused could just add in the necessary
verbiage so that code that they owned would fall under the license they
had _thought_ was the right one.

Note how I called it a "clarification" even back then. It wasn't a change
to make things GPLv2 - it was _clarifying_ that the kernel had always been
GPLv2, and acknowledging that there had indeed been confusion.

And hey, if people want to put the confusion at my door, go right ahead.
I'm just happy I did it five years ago, so that by _now_, things are
hopefully pretty damn clear-cut.

Linus
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