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GPLv3 License Marks GNU's Decline

Jun 30, 2007, 02:00 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jem Matzan)

[ Thanks to Jem Matzan for this link. ]

"The GNU General Public License version 3 is unleashed to the world today, ready and willing to conquer perceived problems with the legal system in the U.S. and other countries. It's been carefully considered, debated, and examined by very smart people with a lot of experience with software license law and advocacy. Programmers, lawyers, and businesspeople have looked it over and petitioned changes until most parties were reasonably satisfied with the result. So today is, ostensibly, GPLv3 release day, but I think in the future that it will be remembered in a sad sort of way. We will look back on this and say that June 29, 2007 was the day when the Free Software Foundation jumped the shark, creating an impassable chasm where there was already an uncomfortable rift between the Free Software Foundation and GNU Project, and the larger free software and open source worlds. The GPLv3 adds restrictions galore for developers and users alike, none of which are designed to be understood by the people who matter most--programmers and users. The FSF tells us that the new restrictions in the GPLv3, on patents, patent licensing, and hardware capabilities, are there to make us more free. That's right--more restrictions are being forced on us so that we can be 'more free.' If that sounds like a big steaming pile of nonsense to you, then I'm with you, brother..."

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