FSF GPL3 first draft released...

justin gedge jgedge at amis.com
Tue Jan 17 14:58:23 MST 2006

Was catching up on email/news today...

in the Good Morning Silicon Valley blog 
[http://blogs.siliconvalley.com/gmsv/] I saw an interesting post

-----copied from gmsv-----
Insert bad "GNU and improved" pun here The Free Software Foundation 
(FSF) released the first public draft of the GNU General Public License 
3.0 <http://gplv3.fsf.org/draft> on Monday, one that the organization 
hopes will bring new clarity and value to the popular license for free 
<http://www.computerworld.com/printthis/2006/0,4814,107800,00.html>. The 
first significant revision of the general public license in 14 years, 
GPL 3 extends license compatibility to other open source licenses, 
prevents GPL code from being used in digital-rights-management schemes 
and contains provisions preventing commercial firms from imposing unfair 
patent restrictions on open source software.

Interestingly, the main revisions in GPL 3 seem prompted not so much by 
advances in technology, but by a commercialization of software that 
undermines users' rights. "The concern of the GPL is not the particulars 
of technology but the maintenance of users' freedoms," the FSF argues in 
its rationale document for GPL 3 <http://gplv3.fsf.org/rationale>. "To 
be sure, technological developments of the past 15 years have enabled 
new freedoms and have resulted in new threats to freedom. No fundamental 
change in computer technology has occurred that requires a radical 
change to our license, however. ... Although the concerns of business 
have never been our main priority, we do make one observation on this 
subject. For us, there has never been any inconsistency between 
protecting users' freedom and enabling the commercial use of software. 
Whatever doubts may have existed in 1991, we have shown since then that 
a copyleft license, a license designed for durable protection of user 
freedom, can form the basis of a larger set of commercially useful 
software than any non-copyleft free software license has ever produced. 
Although business concerns are secondary to freedom, it is important 
that the GNU GPL enable business to succeed while respecting freedom, 
and we do not intend to interfere with the synergy between them."

Posted by John Paczkowski at 06:37 AM

thought it was interesting--- haven't had time to read the whole thing 
on fsf.org yet, but from the summary-- blocking use in DRM schemes alone 
could have some interesting side effects...  some good side effects...

Justin Gedge

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