eWeek: GPL 3 to Take on IP, Patents
Nov 22, 2004, 16:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)
[ Thanks to Steven J.
Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]
"With a relatively hostile environment that has pitted
proprietary software against open source as a backdrop, the Free
Software Foundation, the steward of the GNU General Public License,
is working on the first revamp to the license in 13 years.
"The GPL, the most widely used free-software license, was
created by FSF founder Richard Stallman, who last updated it in
1991. The changes planned for the next release, Version 3, a draft
of which is due next year, focus on several broad topics that
reflect the dynamic change in the software industry since the early
1990s—intellectual property licensing and patent issues, the
question of how to deal with software used over a network, and
concerns around trusted computing..."