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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ubit
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2006-09-08

It'd be nice if all that was needed is to list the four freedoms.

But the Tivo/DRM and Novell patent deal (in which companies like Red Hat and IBM are attacked by Novell's patent deal that only applies to it and MS's customers, making software unfree) are also attacks against the license AND those freedoms, so of course it addresses those concepts.

Edited 2007-03-29 01:01

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