[Foundation-l] GFDL and relicensing

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Thu Nov 22 13:58:20 UTC 2007

On 22/11/2007, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 22/11/2007, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 22/11/2007, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com> wrote:

> > > It's that last sentence which concerns me. There is a difference
> > > between something being illegal, and it getting you sent to jail or
> > > sued. I, for one, am not comfortable with relying on people's apathy
> > > to get away with breaking the law, however safe it may be.

> > Your assertion here that invoking the "or later" clause is breaking
> > the law is ridiculous.

> Define "the law". It seems to be a fact that it would be breaking
> French and German law.

Not unless and until it actually does. Other FSF licenses (including
with "or later") have held up just fine in Germany, for instance.

> Has it been tested in a US court? How does
> French and German law effect Wikipedia? For example, would French and
> Germans no longer be able to reuse Wikipedia content? The fact that
> Mike is suggesting we would need to give people the option of opting
> out implies there is a legal issue involved in invoking the clause.


- d.

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