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Re: Updating makeicecat's license header from GPLv2+ to GPLv3+

From: bill-auger
Subject: Re: Updating makeicecat's license header from GPLv2+ to GPLv3+
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2020 17:35:27 -0400

i think that ruben should attest to that change, beforehand

the GPL3 COPYING file, and the mix-up that you identified, has
been in the source since the first git commit - at that time,
several other scripts in the source tree, had the same GPL2
license header as makeicecat

the most likely scenario, is that the confusion which was
introduced at the time, was not by forgetting to change the
license header of makeicecat to GPL3, but by erroneously
adding the GPL3 COPYING file, to a program which all previous
authors had considered to be GPL2

FWIW, here they are:

$ grep -E '^[0-9]{4}' data/Changelog.IceCat | sed -E 's|[0-9-]{10} +([^ ].*[^ 
]) +<.*|\1|' | sort -u Christophe Jarry
Giuseppe Scrivano
Harald van Dijk
Hayawardh Vijayakumar
Karl Goetz
Loic J. Duros
Ruben Rodriguez

those people contributed to icecat before the beginning of the
git history; so it is not clear which license the contributions
were made under - the license header implies that it has been
GPLv2 all along though; and probably ruben is the only one, who
is still reading this mailing list, who may know for sure if
anyone had intended to change it

for now, without (or pending) the approval of the original authors,
it would be more sensible to replace the COPYING file with the GPL2

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