Re: license name question

Armijn Hemel <armijn@...>

On 05/25/2011 05:51 PM, Lamons, Scott (Open Source Program Office) wrote:
This is the way I read it as well. However I don't know why they wouldn't just license it under GPLv2 or GPLv3 and eliminate the "or (at your option) any later version..." which seems completely unnecessary and forces you into effectively dealing with a non-standard license in SPDX.
Because KDE e.V. is a German non-profit and its members like to have endless meetings ;-)

Kidding aside, this license change came a few years ago because they went through a lot of pain when they wanted to relicense some code. The KDE project spent 1.5 years trying to track down five copyright holders for this license change. They did not respond for a variety of reasons ('dropped off the planet', 'dead', etc.) and KDE did not want to ever go through a similar painful process in the future, so this was part of their solution.

(more details available from Adriaan de Groot from KDE)


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