[Foundation-l] GFDL and Relicensing

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Thu Nov 22 08:47:32 UTC 2007

On 22/11/2007, Mike Godwin <mnemonic at gmail.com> wrote:
> Robert Horning writes:

> > Such a license change (barring massive cooperation from the Free
> > Software Foundation to change the GFDL itself using the "or later
> > version" escape clause) would require all contributions to be removed
> > from Wikipedia by those authors who didn't agree to the change.

> We are, of course, assuming cooperation from FSF as  a prerequisite
> for all this. As Jimbo says, this whole discussion is a product of
> three-way negotiations between FSF, CC, and WMF.  If FSF suddenly
> said, hey, we're never going to do anything to support migration to a
> version of GFDL that looks like a version of CC-BY-SA, we could stop
> this whole discussion immediately.
> What I've been telling people is that if you don't trust the FSF Board
> to be custodians of the meaning of GFDL, then you have bigger problems
> with the GFDL than anything Wikimedia Foundation could create. Me, I
> trust the FSFers.

Yes. There's no plans to do this other than using the "or later" clause.

And if you (you, Robert) didn't mean "or later" as well ... what did
you think you were doing  when you clicked "submit"?

- d.

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