Relicensing a project from GPLv2 or later to AGPLv3 or later

Switching from GPLv2 or later to AGPL is perfectly legal. But if it is not your own project, it is often considered rude.

This does not relicense the original code, it just sets the license of new code and of the project as a whole. The old code stays GPLv2+, but when it is combined with the new code under AGPLv3 (or later), the combined project will be under AGPLv3 (or later).

However switching from GPL2+ to AGPL3(+) without consensus of all other contributors is considered rude, because it could prevent some of the original authors from using future versions of the project. Their professional use of the project might depend on the loopholes in the copyleft of the GPL.

And the ones you will want most of all as users of your fork of a mostly discontinued project are the original authors, because that can mend the split between the two versions.

This question came up in a continuation of a widely used package whose development seemed to have stalled. The discussion was unfocussed, so I decided to write succinct information for all who might find themselves in a similar situation. I will not link to them, because I do not wish to re-ignite the discussion through an influx of rehashed arguments.

Use Node:

⚙ Babcom is trying to load the comments ⚙

This textbox will disappear when the comments have been loaded.

If the box below shows an error-page, you need to install Freenet with the Sone-Plugin or set the node-path to your freenet node and click the Reload Comments button (or return).

If you see something like Invalid key: There is no @ in that URI! (Sone/search.html), you need to setup Sone and the Web of Trust

If you had Javascript enabled, you would see comments for this page instead of the Sone page of the sites author.

Note: To make a comment which isn’t a reply visible to others here, include a link to this site somewhere in the text of your comment. It will then show up here. To ensure that I get notified of your comment, also include my Sone-ID.

Link to this site and my Sone ID: sone://6~ZDYdvAgMoUfG6M5Kwi7SQqyS-gTcyFeaNN1Pf3FvY

This spam-resistant comment-field is made with babcom.

Inhalt abgleichen
Willkommen im Weltenwald!

Beliebte Inhalte

Draketo neu: Beiträge

Ein Würfel System news