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Philip Hunt: Proposal to change the GPL

Aug 30, 2000, 10:42 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Philip Hunt)

[ Thanks to Philip Hunt for this link. ]

"...So I propose a new version of the GPL that would rectify this omission, by preventing anyone from using GPL'd software if they had taken any legal action against any free software program."

"The GPL version 2 is specifically compatible with later versions of the GPL (see clause 9). So anyone making modifications to a GPL2 program, and using the new version of the GPL ("GPL3") for the modifications would automatically cause the derived work as a whole to be GPL3'd."

"Most free software is GPL'd. (Over half of the packages listed on Freshmeat are licensed under the GPL). So if GPL3 was adopted by the Free Software Foundation, it's likely that within a short time, most free software would become licensed under GPL3."

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