Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Jan 2006 19:52 UTC, submitted by anonymous
GNU, GPL, Open Source The Free Software Foundation has published the first draft of the GPL v3, the successor to the most popular open source license. The rationale behind some of the changes are here, while comments are here. Danese Cooper of OSI has posted her comments too. Update: Stallman: "We've partly removed the inconveniences of preventing a user from combining code from various free software packages." More here.
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DRM restrictions bad news
by jonsmirl on Tue 17th Jan 2006 00:55 UTC
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There goes 90% of the embedded market off to BSD and WinCE. Forcing the publishing of DRM keys will only cause embedded vendors to switch OS'es; it's not going to make them publish the keys. If something like MS WMA is involved they don't even have the keys to publish.

Extending the reach of the GPL is just going to cause more companies to switch OS'es. DRM is being pushed by forces that are more powerful than the GPL and the DRM people will win. Of course I'm not going to buy any DRM protected content so maybe that will send a message.

If they try the online use counts as a distribution tacit, what will Google do? 1) release all of their source 2) Stop accepting GPL3 updates to their software and build internal forks of everything on the GPL2 base 3) throw the entire GPL pile in the trash and switch to BSD.

Extending the reach changes the rules that a lot of current businesses are built on.

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RE: DRM restrictions bad news
by Wes Felter on Tue 17th Jan 2006 04:03 in reply to "DRM restrictions bad news"
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GPLv3 isn't intended to stop DRM completely, just to increase costs for companies that build DRM by denying them access to certain software. Presumably consumer electronics companies are using Linux today because it's the best fit for their needs; if those companies are forced to switch to BSD or WinCE their costs will increase.

Anyway, Linux won't be under GPLv3 and any GPL'ed software that exists today will continue to be available under GPLv2 terms forever.

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RE: DRM restrictions bad news
by dagw on Tue 17th Jan 2006 14:08 in reply to "DRM restrictions bad news"
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Switch from what OS? There are no OS's under GPL3. I assume you are talking about Linux, but Linux is GPL2 and is going to stay that way.

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Is everyone certain that Linux is going to stay GPL2? Of course the released versions will stay that way, but what's to stop all of the future changes being tagged GPL3, thus converting future releases of Linux to GPL3.

BTW, the part about Google refers to a proposed addition to the GPL3 which is not in the current draft. The proposed addition wants to consider online interaction with software as distribution therefore triggering the right to obtain source.

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