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What Impact Will GPLv3 Have on Open Source Licenses?

Much of the focus and fight over the next draft of the GNU general public license Version 3 has centered on digital rights management and patent provisions. However, GPLv3, which is slated for final release next year, also tries to address another challenge for the free and open source software comm...

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Linux Hackers Bash GPLv3

Linux creator Linus Torvalds' objections to GPLv3, the Free Software Foundation's draft of the next version of the popular GNU General Public License, have been reinforced by the rest of the open source operating system's top developers. They share Torvalds' concerns over digital rights management, ...

Can GPLv3 Corral Open Source Licenses?

Much of the focus and fight over the next draft of the GNU general public license Version 3 has centered on digital rights management and patent provisions. However, GPLv3, which is slated for final release next year, also tries to address another challenge for the free and open source software comm...

Linux Hackers Skewer GPLv3

Linux creator Linus Torvalds' objections to GPLv3, the Free Software Foundation's draft of the next version of the popular GNU General Public License, have been reinforced by the rest of the open source operating system's top developers. They share Torvalds' concerns over digital rights management, ...

GPLv3 Gets Second Draft

The Free Software Foundation and Software Freedom Law Center released a second working draft for the next iteration of the GNU General Public License (GPL), version 3, which updates digital rights management, patent and other provisions included in the most popular free and open source software lice...

GPL Version 3 Includes Revised Legal Provisions

The Free Software Foundation released what many expected to be a controversial first draft of the GNU General Public License version 3.0 on Monday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Now it looks as though the draft may not actually be as controversial as some had speculated. ...

Free Software Foundation to Reveal GPL Version 3 Draft Today

The Free Software Foundation is releasing the long-awaited first draft of GNU General Public License Version 3 today at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. Legal experts are already wrangling over the possible revisions to the most popular open-source license in the world. ...

GPL Version 3 Draft Set for Release Next Week

The much-anticipated first draft of GNU General Public License Version 3 will be released on Jan. 16 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. However, the draft may raise more questions than answers. In fact, the debate over the content and exact wording of the license has al...

GPL Revision Guidelines Made Public

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) this week released a document specifying the process and guidelines for revising the GNU General Public License (GPL). The FSF will release the first discussion draft of the GNU General Public License (GPL) revision in January 2006. The GNU GPL is the most widely u...

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Precedent Lacking When it Comes to GPL Enforcement

Our system of law in the United States is what is called a "common law" system. When judges make decisions in such a system, they rely on what is called case law -- the written opinions on matters of law that are previously published by other judges. The other legal principal that lucky non-lawyer...

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Precedent is Lacking When it Comes to GPL Enforcement

Our system of law in the United States is what is called a "common law" system. When judges make decisions in such a system, they rely on what is called case law -- the written opinions on matters of law that are previously published by other judges. The other legal principal that lucky non-lawyer...

New GPL Version May Include Patent Retaliation Provision

While the General Public License (GPL), the open-source license covering the Linux operating system, is not scheduled to be released for public comments until early next year, there is already speculation about how some of its provisions could impact developers. Specifically, the General Public Lice...

GPL Revamp Discussions Set for Early 2006

The open-source license covering the Linux operating system is scheduled to be released for public comments early next year, according to the Free Software Foundation. The public debate over General Public License version 3.0 is expected to include comments from 150,000 people around the world. The ...

Motorola, Acer Among Vendors Accused of GPL Violations

Motorola and Acer are among more than a dozen commercial software and appliance products vendors that have been accused of misusing software licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Thirteen companies received an open warning letter at the CeBIT conference in Hannover, Germany, last week...

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Is the GPL OK for DNA?

Duct tape is the world's most versatile invention. It makes ducts airtight, holds car parts together, patches holes in canoes and keeps rock musicians from tripping over wires onstage. It rips easily, holds firm even underwater and provides a quick fix for almost any emergency. But sometimes, duc...

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GPL Rules: Lessons from the Sandbox

Robert Fulghum's essay, "All I Really Needed to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten," teaches us that we can learn some valuable lessons from the sandbox: Share everything. Play fair. Don't hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don't take things that aren't yours. If ...

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Sticks, Stones and the GPL

It's nice to know someone is reading my column. According to some of your letters, it seems my recent column on the GPL touched a nerve. To my critics who referred to me by names other than Phil, I can only respond with an equally mature "Same to you!" For those who prefer a more reasoned discussion...

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Time for a Court Ruling on the GPL?

Michael Newdow may not be a household name to the open-source community. The California atheist sued a Sacramento school district to prevent his third-grade daughter from having to recite or listen to the Pledge of Allegiance because it includes the words "under God." But Newdow's case has some inte...

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Sticks, Stones and the GPL: Responding to Readers

It's nice to know someone is reading my column. According to some of your letters, it seems my recent column on the GPL touched a nerve. To my critics who referred to me by names other than Phil, I can only respond with an equally mature "Same to you!" For those who prefer a more reasoned discussion...

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The EULA, the GPL and the Wisdom of Fortune Cookies

Next time you open a fortune cookie, consider making it more entertaining. Read the fortune aloud and follow it with the words "in bed." It completely changes the meaning and adds some after-dinner fun. After reading the GPL analysis FAQ prepared by Microsoft in 2001 -- apparently to discourage the ...

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