Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Mar 2009 18:02 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
GNU, GPL, Open Source Eric S. Raymond is one of the three big figures in open source, together with Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman. During a talk for the Long Island Linux User Group, he made some interesting statements about the GPL, namely that the GPL is no longer needed due to the way the open source movement works.
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RE[4]: No
by da_Chicken on Wed 25th Mar 2009 13:29 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: No"
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Suppose if the FSF was hypothetically taken over by Steve Ballmer's evil twin, and rewrites the GPLv4 to give a blanket license to the FSF there is nothing to stop them.

Yeah, and if Vatican was hypothetically taken over by Satanists who rewrite the Bible to make the Devil appear as the good guy, there is nothing to stop them either. ;)

What happens if a really FLOSS-friendly company (say Red Hat) is sued over a patent, and they can not succesfully defend themselves. Then they would need some patent licensing deal, effectively terminating their right to distributing that particular software if it is licensed under the GPLv3.

Well, it wouldn't be the end of the world for them. They could easily re-license any GPLv3-licensed software they've written themselves, and they could continue distributing software that ships under any other free software license, including GPLv2. However, not signing patent deals gives them the advantage that they can also distribute GPLv3-licensed software, while their competitors who *have* signed patent licensing deals don't have this advantage.

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