[Foundation-l] GFDL and relicensing

Robert Rohde rarohde at gmail.com
Wed Nov 21 18:18:51 UTC 2007

On Nov 21, 2007 9:50 AM, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com> wrote:

> > While this might be possible inside the US and other countries, it is
> > most probably not possible inside Germany. Clauses like '...or later
> > versions.' are invalid in German jurisdiction and only the rest of the
> > license applies. IANAL.
> Really? That could cause a few issues, although I'm not sure what.
> Wikipedia falls under US jurisdiction, I think, regardless of where
> the contributors are from. Would Germans be unable to reuse Wikipedia
> content, or what? Any experts on German and international copyright
> law here?

For the record, does anyone know if there is case law legitimizing "or later
versions" in the US?  I suspect there is nothing obviously against it here
(or the FSF and such wouldn't be using the phrase at all), but is there an
affirmative precedent to show it is okay?

-Robert Rohde

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