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InformationWeek: In Search Of GPL Version 3: The Long Road To Nowhere

Mar 17, 2007, 05:00 (18 Talkback[s])

"A month ago, I started down a path that I hoped would lead me to a great prize: an explanation from the authors of how the General Public License Version 3.0 was shaping up. Little did I know that this journey would contain more curves than San Francisco's Lombard Street.

"GPLv3 has been through two drafts, each of which stirred up its own hornet's nest of criticism. Now we're approaching draft 3, the much anticipated finale. Many criticisms have been heeded and remedies included by authors Richard Stallman and attorney Eben Moglen. So its supporters are curious: how will the GPL's third draft deal with a ban on digital rights management? How will it bar patent work-arounds like the Microsoft/Novell deal? What about the little known Affero provision? You don't fully understand Affero? Well, neither do we..."

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