Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Mar 2007 21:02 UTC, submitted by Ali Davoodifar
GNU, GPL, Open Source The FSF has released the third draft of the revised third version of the GNU General Public License. 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.
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Oh dear...
by dylansmrjones on Wed 28th Mar 2007 21:53 UTC
dylansmrjones
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2005-10-02

The sheer length of that license... oh dear oh dear. *sigh*

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RE: Oh dear...
by sbergman27 on Wed 28th Mar 2007 21:58 in reply to "Oh dear..."
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Second system syndrome.

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RE: Oh dear...
by Almafeta on Wed 28th Mar 2007 22:39 in reply to "Oh dear..."
Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

Most people haven't actually read it anyways. I think the FSF is banking on that.

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RE[2]: Oh dear...
by butters on Thu 29th Mar 2007 03:12 in reply to "RE: Oh dear..."
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2005-07-08

"Yes, Your Honor, but I didn't actually read the license" doesn't hold up in court. The GPLv3 is significantly shorter than many other software licenses, like the EULA for MS Windows Vista, for example. Vendors, developers, and CIOs will read it and/or consult their lawyers. Mom and Pop might not, but who's gunna sue them? The RIAA doesn't have any jurisdiction here.

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