License option

Toby Peterson toby at
Wed Jan 13 14:49:58 PST 2010

On Jan 13, 2010, at 1:55 PM, Ryan Schmidt wrote:

> One other comment that wasn't mentioned yet in this thread: Some licenses have been specified using a "+", e.g. "GPLv2+". I don't feel this is necessary. The terms of the GPL state that any later version may be used. So no additional information is conveyed by putting the "+" into the license field. Anybody familiar with the GPL knows any later version is acceptable, and anybody unfamiliar but looking to comply with the license will be reading its text anyway and will learn this. I move to remove "+" from the license fields. (Or, add it everywhere it applies. We just need to be consistent.)

The distinction between GPLv2 and GPLv2+ (i.e. "or any later version") is fairly significant.

- Toby

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