[Rd] Licence change

Simon Urbanek simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Fri May 3 16:56:20 CEST 2013

On May 3, 2013, at 10:34 AM, Mauricio Zambrano-Bigiarini wrote:

> Dear list,
> For the maintainer of a given package, is it possible to change the licence of a it from GPL >= 2 to GPL >= 3 ?

In general the maintainer has no such rights. However, if the maintainer is also the author and holds all copyright, he can release the package under any license he feels fit. What has been already released cannot be affected, obviously, but you can release a new version under a different license if you have the legal right to do so.

(This is not related to the possibility, but one practical problem with requiring GPL >=3 is that it is not GPL-2 compatible so it's a decision that better be made very consciously with all the consequences in mind).


> Thanks in advance,
> Mauricio Zambrano-Bigiarini, Ph.D
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