Linked by David Adams on Fri 11th May 2007 15:51 UTC, submitted by FreeRhino
GNU, GPL, Open Source An IT Manager's Journal article tries to clear up misunderstandings about the controversial GPLv3. It discusses several common points of controversy and misunderstanding, and notes that discussion of these points is ongoing.
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GPL3
by Cutterman on Fri 11th May 2007 18:38 UTC
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2006-04-10

GPL2 was simple, easy to understand and successfully protects free software in all but a few fringe cases (which are not a significant threat).

In trying to cover all possible present and future avenues of exploitation of the GPL, GPL3 is unclear, unwieldy, worryingly open-ended and will hurt free software more than it protects it.

The Cutter

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RE: GPL3
by pinky on Fri 11th May 2007 19:12 in reply to "GPL3"
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2005-07-15

>GPL2 was simple, easy to understand and successfully protects free software in all but a few fringe cases (which are not a significant threat).

I think GPLv3 is also easy to understand.
As a normal person you just have to follow this spirit: "The license gives me the 4 freedoms defined by FSF and by everything i do i have to take care that all my recipients will get the same 4 freedoms. I can't remove this freedoms in any way (e.g. license changing, distribute only binaries, using patents to remove the freedoms, using technology to remove the freedoms,..)"

I think it's fairly simple. Just don't remove the 4 freedoms.

Of course if you searching for holes you could explore than you should be an expert in reading licenses to find and understand them. But if you just want to comply, it's rather easy.

Edited 2007-05-11 19:13

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