Subject: Re: Who holds the copyright?
From: Russell Nelson <>
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 21:26:58 -0500 (EST)

Brian Bartholomew writes:
 > > It's even a reasonable way to make money from free software.  Write
 > > some good software, GPL it, get a lot of people using it, then sell
 > > your company to someone who wants to create a proprietary fork.
 > > For extra credit, show how the world is harmed by this.
 > Does the vendor make it clear up front to users that future versions
 > may not be GPL?

Why?  Future versions of anything[1] may not be GPL.  If the FSF found
a better license than the GPL (e.g. a newer version of the GPL), then
it would happily release all future version under the new license.
You always have to evaluate any copyright holder to see if they're
going to stick with an open source license.

[1] Anything, that is, with a small enough set of copyright holders to
actually *agree* to change a license.

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