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Re: RFH: GPLv3

Krzysztof Halasa wrote:
Michael Eager <> writes:

Not until someone updates the txt.  Which should happen quickly,
but if someone applies a GPLv3 patch to a previously GPLv2 branch,
the entire branch becomes GPLv3, whether the COPYING file was
updated or not.

Come on, if the FSF (the copyright holder) distributes a program, and if the included licence says GPLv2+, then the licence is GPLv2+ and you'll have a really hard time trying to convince anyone that it's different.

You asked if COPYING would be updated. The answer is not necessarily. The COPYING text may say GPLv2+, but if there has been a GPLv3 patch applied to the branch, then the entire branch is GPLv3.

BTW: the copyright holder is free to take a GPLv3 patch and
release it under GPLv2 (and any other licence).

FSF is the copyright holder. As of this time, they have said that they are not willing to release patches under GPLv2 for application to GPLv2 branches. Mark has a proposal which would allow for that.

Michael Eager
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