So you wrote a piece of software. And you want to open its source. And being a good lad, caring about software freedom, you choose (probably the most well-known) open source license, GPL.
But, being lazy (like a good developer normally is), you specify it as “GPLv3 or later”. This seems efficient… takes away the burden of re-licensing it later, when a new GPL version is released.
Stop. Think about it again:
- What is GPL? It’s a software license.
- What’s a software license? A form of contract between copyright holder (in this case you, software author) and the user of the software.
- Who “owns” it? Who gets to say what is GPL and what it isn’t? Who releases new versions? That’d be FSF.
- What’s FSF? Or, better to say, who is FSF? …
Not sure about you, but I don’t know the answer to the last question. Being more precise, no longer know. As Richard Stallman resigned from the organization.