Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Feb 2006 15:13 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Linus may have it wrong on digital rights management, but it's the vague wording and confusing concepts - like what is meant by a 'derivative work' - that is causing the real headaches over the next General Public License. A representative of the Free Software Foundation, leading the effort around GPL 3.0, said that Linux creator Linus Torvalds had 'misread' the license's provisional terms.
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"derivative work"
by JoeBuck on Wed 15th Feb 2006 19:27 UTC
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The main error the writer makes is that he does not understand that a license doesn't get to define what "derivative work" means. That is a term that is defined by copyright law, and it's not up to the license text to teach the reader the law.

The second error that the writer makes is not realizing that the GPLv3 proposal is a draft. If there is unclear language that confuses people, there is plenty of time to clarify the language before the license becomes final.

The writer is correct about one thing: GPLv3 is choosing to be unfriendly to one particular type of business: businesses that want to use free software in locked-down devices that allow only the seller, and not the buyer, to change the code on the device.

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