License option

Joshua Root jmr at
Wed Jan 13 15:35:02 PST 2010

On 2010-1-14 10:29 , Ryan Schmidt wrote:
> On Jan 13, 2010, at 16:43, William Siegrist wrote:
>> On Jan 13, 2010, at 2:37 PM, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>>> Section 14 of the GPL v3 says:
>>> Each version is given a distinguishing version number. If the Program specifies that a certain numbered version of the GNU General Public License “or any later version” applies to it, you have the option of following the terms and conditions either of that numbered version or of any later version published by the Free Software Foundation. If the Program does not specify a version number of the GNU General Public License, you may choose any version ever published by the Free Software Foundation.
>> As it says above, projects opt into this by adding "or any later version".  It is not automatic. 
> As far as I can tell, the distinction then is between "this version or any later version" or "this version or any later or earlier version." (I restored my full quote above which I believe says this, though IANAL.) I don't see any option that means "this version and no other version". Is that your interpretation as well? And do we really need to distinguish between those cases in the portfiles? If so, I have to review all my portfiles, and other maintainers who were not aware of the distinction would have to also.

The rather straightforward third option is to specify a version but not
say "or any later version", in which case neither of these sentences

- Josh

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