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FSF edges toward GPL 3.0 draft

Oct 28, 2005 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) will release guidelines next month defining a process for discussion and comment on the GNU GPL 3.0, reports. General Counsel Eben Moglen says the FSF hopes to give the community time to “absorb the process” prior to unleashing a draft GPL 3.0 in January.

The GNU General Public License (GPL) is the most popular software license in the world, used by an estimated one third of all open source software projects. The FSF officially launched an effort to make minor edits to the license last month, led by Moglen and rms (Richard M. Stallman), who originally authored the license in the early 80s.

The story is based on an exclusive interview with Moglen, who is preparing to speak next week in Newton, Mass., at the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC). Moglen will be joined in a panel discussion entitled “GPL 3.0: Directions, Implications, Casualties,” by OSDL General Counsel Diane Peters and Eclipse Foundation Executive Director Mike Milinkovich.

“The GPL is now without doubt the single most important legal instrument in not only the software space but beyond. It has precipitated a sea-change in the understanding and philosophy of intellectual property. It is because of this great importance that the next version of the license has to be seen to be the best possible implementation of the wishes and needs of the free software community,” reports Moglen as saying.

The complete story can be found here.

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