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internetnews.com: Insider Hints at GPL Changes

Apr 08, 2005, 14:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Singer)

"Version 3.0 of the General Public License (GPL) may be years away, but one insider says proposed changes to it could impact companies like Amazon, Yahoo and Google.

"Sleepycat Software CEO Mike Olson told internetnews.com that the Free Software Foundation (FSF) is looking at adding provisions to the GNU GPL to address a loophole. The current version of the GPL, which was last updated in 1991, fails to trigger the open source license if a company alters the code, but does not distribute its software through a CD or floppy disk..."

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