Questions / Concepts GPL. Was: Re: GPL License with clause for Web use?

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Thu Nov 22 13:36:50 UTC 2007

Am Thursday, dem 22. Nov 2007 schrieb Sam Liddicott:

> With the GPL3 this is not true: at some time in the distribution chain,
> derived works may have certain additional restrictions added, thus
> licensing the combined work under the AGPL such that when an original
> contributor receives the derived work with enhancements to his own work,
> he may not distribute any combination of his work with any of those
> enhancements unless he does so with the additional restrictions of the
> If the licensor finds this disparity objectionable then he may prefer to
> use the GPL2.
> I believe that this implication is not widely understood and because
> ealier versions of the GPL are widely known to prohibit the addition of
> extra restrictions, this implication is also unexpected.

Oh, that is anything but unexpected for someone, who followed the
drafting process.
Section 7 of GPLv3 allowed some additional restrictions right from 
draft 1. Actually those additional restrictions were softened later.


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