CNET News: HP Balks at Patent Provision in GPL Update
Aug 03, 2006, 13:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)
"A proposed patent provision in a revamped General Public
License isn't sitting well at Hewlett-Packard, raising concerns
that two competing versions of the license could survive.
"The GPL governs thousands of open-source projects, and version
3 represent's the Free Software Foundation first explicit attempt
to grapple with the thorny issue of software patents. But HP
prefers version 2 to the GPLv3 draft released on July 27, arguing
that it imposes disproportionate patent consequences for a company
that distributes even a single copy of GPLv3 software carrying
technology the company has patented..."