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NewsForge: Brazilian State Struggles to Write Free Software License

Dec 21, 2006, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"One of the aims in the drafting of the third version of the GNU General Public License (GPL) is to internationalize the language to make it easier to translate. Those who doubt the need for this effort only need to look at the efforts to write an alternative free license in the Brazilian state of Paraná to change their minds. Despite the good intentions of its creators, the alternative license has been labeled as non-free by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and its Latin American counterpart, the FSFLA, and is currently being re-written under some protest--all of which might have been avoided or minimized had an internationalized version of the GPL been available.

"Paraná is a state in southern Brazil with one of the highest standards of living in the country. Its government has a history of promoting education and health, and in the past has introduced such initiatives as the banning of genetically modified foods..."

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