Changing top level files and include/ files over to GPLv3

Geoffrey Keating
Wed Jul 11 03:25:00 GMT 2007

Nick Clifton <> writes:

> Hi Guys,
>   I would like to apply a patch to change the files that are shared by
>   the GCC, GDB and BINUTILS projects over to version 3 of the GNU
>   General Public License.  (ie all the top level files except for
>   those that have a distinct project that owns them, plus all of the
>   files in the include/ directory tree).

Hi Nick,

I presume this will include files licensed with an exception, like

Some time before you do this, could you post the exact wording so I
can have legal people look at it?

During development of GPLv3 some questions were raised as to whether
exceptions like this one would truly allow linking with non-free code,
or whether the DRM and patent provisions would still apply with this
wording, and so the wording of the exception would need to be

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