[Mono-list] problems with relicensing

Phillip Pearson pp@myelin.co.nz
Wed, 9 Jan 2002 17:11:55 +1300

> This isn't really specific to Mono at all.  If Ximian were able to
> retroactively revoke the license to GPL'd code, the same is true of
> all copyright holders.  In the United States, licenses are contracts,
> and the user is given the benefit of any ambiguity, since s/he did not
> have an opportunity to negotiate the contract.  I'd suggest moving
> this to gnu.misc.discuss on usenet, because it's likely to have a
> higher concentration of knowledgeable sources.

Doesn't the GPL specifically say that once you have released a copy of a
program under the GPL, you can't revoke the license on that particular piece
of software?

(i.e. you can distribute another copy of the program under a different
license as long as you are the copyright holder, but you can't revoke the
GPL on an already-distributed copy.)

Does anyone have a copy of The Modern Law of Copyright, where the quote in
the link a couple of messages back comes from?