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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RE: GPL3 and multi-media
by butters on Thu 29th Mar 2007 04:23 UTC in reply to "GPL3 and multi-media"
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My concern in this new release how does this affect this area in the long term view?

It won't. The new draft doesn't say you can't use GPLv3 code in a work that purposefully restricts its usage. It merely says that GPLv3 code can't be used the implement functionality that prevents the user from building, installing, and running modifications. The only way to use GPLv3 (draft 3) code in a restrictive product without giving the community the means and right to eliminate the restrictions is to install the code in ROM. GPLv3 code that is distributed as an installable product must also include installation instructions that explain any special procedures that might be necessary to build, install, and run modified versions.

And it doesn't say anything at all related to patented codecs. The GPLv3 can prohibit upstream distributors from suing downstream distributors, but it can't magically remove the patent restrictions that keep many of us (in certain jurisdictions) from legally using free software implementations of patented codecs.

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