What does it mean, now that MySQL's license has been modified from GPLv2 or later to just GPLv2? What does their rejection of GPLv3 mean? Do you think other open source software companies will follow suit?

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It is not accurate to say that MySQL has rejected GPLv3. Rather, the move serves to keep their options open. If GPLv3 gains widespread acceptance, and no prohibitive legal issues arise, MySQL will likely adopt GPLv3. By removing the "or later" clause, MySQL simply maintains better control over their own licensing commitments.

Kaj Arnö, MySQL's VP of Community Relations, discusses the change at PlanetMySQL.

This was first published in February 2007

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