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March 28, 2007

New GPLv3 draft takes new approach to patents, lock-down technologies

Filed under: FOSS, GPL, GPL3 — tuxicity @ 5:30 pm

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has released the third draft of the revised third version of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3).

Some of the changes in the new draft, such as the increased clarification and legal language, or the housekeeping changes that reflect new aspects of the license are likely to be accepted. However, the license also includes a new approach to the controversial issue of lock-down technologies as well as more explicit language about patents, including language designed to prevent a re-occurrence of agreements such as the one that Novell entered into with Microsoft — all of which is apt to kindle heated debate as the revision process enters its final stages after fifteen months of intensive work.

Read the rest here (Linux.com)

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