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Old 05-15-2020, 12:21 AM   #1
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I'm not saying I would or would want to do this, but let's take a pretend scenario. Author creates program. Author is copyright holder of program, sole copyright owner. Owner releases program under GPL3. Owner only likes to use their own cord in the official versions. Owner wishes to release it under some other liscense as well, or move all official versions to another liscense. Can owner do that? We are talking owner, copyright holder, not some third party, which may or may not create diratives of the program and release them using GPL3. Same question, other way around. Just want to know the laws. Thanks!
 
Old 05-15-2020, 12:51 AM   #2
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So far if you are the owner, and you have not relinquished your copyright by selling it and so on, then you are free to change the license as much as you want. It won't affect what is already out there, however. There are several now famous projects which forked from the last-known-good copy of an earlier project. The famous project flourished after continuing under a free and open source license. In contrast, once closing up their code base, the other projects languished or just merely got by.

What goal do you have in mind? The license is a tool and you select it based on what you want to make possible.
 
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Old 05-15-2020, 07:51 AM   #3
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Get an initial consultation with an attorney and ask them.

Sorry but the same repeated details
 
Old 05-15-2020, 09:05 AM   #4
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Owner wishes to release it under some other liscense as well, or move all official versions to another liscense. Can owner do that?
Yes, but only for newer versions he will be releasing from that moment on.
The versions released onder the GPL will stay under that license.

See i.e. the differences in license between Red Hat Linux and (when they went commercial) Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). The older releases all have stayed under the FOSS license they were released under (but are hopelessly out of date now, of course).
And even for the RHEL releases they are obligated to publish their sources free of charge (as most of those are under a FOSS license), making distro's like CentOS possible.
 
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Old 05-16-2020, 04:50 AM   #5
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Author creates program. Author is copyright holder of program, sole copyright owner. Owner releases program under GPL3.
Isn't there a contradiction here somewhere?
The GPL is part of a series of copyleft licenses. Surely the name means that they differ from traditional copyright?
 
  


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