Re: license name question

Bob Gobeille

Thank you and Armijn for straightening me out.

So would a reasonable license name be "GPL-2+-KDE" ?

Bob Gobeille

On May 25, 2011, at 9:43 AM, Jilayne Lovejoy wrote:

This would be GPL-2+ - as it's really just describing GPL v2 or later.
THere is no GPL v2.1 (that would be LGPL v2.1, I know, confusing!)

As for the KDE exception - the notice reads to me that KDE is reserving the
right to approve future versions of the GPL for use as the license for this
code, which seems different to me than an exception. I understand it to be
saying - 'if there's a GPL v4, we want the chance to check that out and
accept or not accecpt it instead of preemptively saying we'll accept a
license before it has even been written.' Makes sense and seems reasonable,

I guess I would think of this as different than an exception, since usually
an exception usually adds or modifies the terms of the original license,
which I suppose this does in a way, but in a different way than we usually
think of?


On 5/25/11 9:34 AM, "Bob Gobeille" <bob.gobeille@...> wrote:

I just ran into the following license. It is GPL v2 or GPL v3+ KDE
exception. Note the absence of GPLv2.1. If 2.1 was included, the name would
be GPL-2+-with-KDE-exception, but since it isn't, what is the protocol?


Here is the code license notice:
* Copyright (c) 2007 Ian Monroe <ian@...>
* (c) 2010 Jeff Mitchell <mitchell@...>
* This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under *
* the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free
Software *
* Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) version 3
or *
* any later version accepted by the membership of KDE e.V. (or its successor
approved *
* by the membership of KDE e.V.), which shall act as a proxy defined in
Section 14 of *
* version 3 of the license.
* This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT
* WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS
* PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
* You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
with *
* this program. If not, see <>.


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