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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"First, the Novell deal only prevents Novell's commercial Linux customers from being sued by Microsoft."

It's all hogwash. End-users can't be sued for the patent infringements of vendors. Well, maybe in sue-happy U.S.A but lets not noncern ourselves with that craziness.
It's as absurd as if Onkyo would sue anyone who owned a Sony amp for patent infringement if Sony infringed on an Onkyo patent.
There's a good reason for this not happening, it's not reasonable to expect end-users to understand the complete design of the products they purchase.

Edited 2007-03-29 07:38

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