Re: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3

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[email protected] wrote:
On Sun, 10 Jun 2007, Tarkan Erimer wrote:

Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2007 11:43:28 +0300
From: Tarkan Erimer <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3

Jan-Benedict Glaw wrote:
 On Sat, 2007-06-09 15:57:55 +1000, Neil Brown <[email protected]> wrote:

>  On Saturday June 9, [email protected] wrote:
> > > As we know the forthcoming GPL V3 will be not compatible with the GPL > > V2 and Linux Kernel is GPL V2 only. > > So, another point is, which is previously mentioned by Linus and > > others, that if it is decided to upgrade the Linux Kernel's License to > > GPL V3, it is needed the permission of all the maintainers permission > > who contributed to the Linux Kernel and there are a lot of lost or > > dead maintainers. Which makes it impossible to get all the > > maintainers' permission. > > > You don't need the permission of maintainers. You need the permission
>  of copyright owners.  The two groups overlap, but are not the same.
>  Dead people cannot own anything, even copyright.  Their estate
>  probably can.  I don't think it is theoretically impossible to get
>  everyone's permission, though it may be quite close to practically
>  impossible. >
 And the next question is: How much copyright does a copyright owner
 own?  For example, think of drivers written by one person, but a small
 number of lines changed here and there by others to adopt the code to
 new APIs.  Ask them all, I think?


And maybe another questions should be : How long a copyright owner
can hold the copyright, if died or lost for sometime ? if died, the
copyright still should be valid or not ? If lost, what the law orders
at this point for copyright holding ?
I believe that in the US it's life + 90 years.

David Lang
Hmm... Really,it is damn too much time to wait! It's really better idea to replace the code of this person as said before instead of waiting such 90+ years!
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