[PATCH] license: allow all future versions of the GNU GPL

Eric Wong normalperson at yhbt.net
Sat Oct 26 10:09:52 UTC 2013

Hongli Lai <hongli at phusion.nl> wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 9:58 AM, Eric Wong <normalperson at yhbt.net> wrote:
> > There is currently no GPLv4, so this change has no effect at the
> > moment.
> >
> > In case the GPLv4 arrives and I am not alive to approve/review it,
> > the lesser of evils is have give blanket approval of all future GPL
> > versions (as published by the FSF).  The worse evil is to be stuck
> > with a license which cannot guarantee the Free-ness of this project
> > in the future.
> >
> > This unfortunately means the FSF can theoretically come out with
> > license terms I do not agree with, but the GPLv2 and GPLv3 will
> > always be an option to all users.
> Don't you need approval from all contributors, including Zed, to be
> able to do something like this?

I already got this a few years ago when I got permission for the GPLv3:

- The unicorn project leader (Eric Wong) reserves the right to add future
- versions of the GPL (and no other licenses) as published by the FSF to
- the licensing terms.

So I'm adding all future versions of the GPL.

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