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ZDNet: Blocking the Microsoft/Novell Deal

Mar 22, 2007, 21:45 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Carroll)

"That, apparently, is the reason the release of GPLv3 has been delayed. The Free Software Foundation wants to ensure that verbiage in GPLv3 explicitly prevents arrangements wherein Microsoft signs a patent waiver with customers of a particular company (in this case, Novell). That, apparently, is not disallowed by the terms of GPLv2, according to Richard Stallman.

"Assuming they figure out acceptable verbiage (which I have no doubt the FSF will), this means that the only way GPLv3 software could use patented IP is if the owners of that IP grant a global waiver to all users of a particular open source product..."

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