LGPL and GPL (was: RMS, previously, on Sun freeing java)

Ben Finney ben at benfinney.id.au
Fri Nov 17 05:07:08 UTC 2006

On 17-Nov-2006, Wisely Koh wrote:
> >do you understand the LGPL can be changed to GPL at any time by
> >anyone?
> This is the first time I heard of this

It's an explicit grant in the LGPL, section 3 of that license.

    3. You may opt to apply the terms of the ordinary GNU General
    Public License instead of this License to a given copy of the
    Library. [...]


> may I ask if the converse is true, ie. GPL -> LGPL?

The GPL gives no such explicit grant, so no.

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Ben Finney <ben at benfinney.id.au>
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