RFH: GPLv3

Florian Weimer fw@deneb.enyo.de
Sun Jul 15 19:36:00 GMT 2007


* Robert Dewar:

> One could of course just take a blanket view that everything
> on the site is, as of a certain moment, licensed under GPLv3
> (note you don't have to change file headers to achieve this,
> the file headers have no particular legal significance in
> any case).

In Germany, they are significant in some contexts.  For instance, if
you distribute software with GPL headers to someone, and the receiver
uses them in accordance with the GPL, you will face a very tough time
in court when you try to claim copyright infringement by the receiver
because--surprise, surprise--the files weren't actually licensed under
the GPL.  This is called "venire contra factum proprium" in German
legalese, and I'm sure similar no-nonsense provisions exist in many
jurisdictions.

(Of course, a third party can still successfully claim copyright
infringement.)



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