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NewsForge: POV-Ray Illustrates Complexity of Changing Licenses

Jan 27, 2006, 08:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Feller)

"The Persistence of Vision Raytracer (POV-Ray) graphics software has existed for 15 years under a license designed to keep it free and open. But with continued confusion as to what that license allows, the POV-Ray developers are looking for something new.

"Although the license has remained virtually the same over the life span of POV-Ray, Chris Cason, team leader on the project, said the main developers of POV-Ray are in agreement that the software needs a new license. While he said they agree that a license recognized as an open source license would be ideal--such as the GNU General Public License (GPL)--that is not necessarily the direction they will go in..."

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