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NewsForge: Washington State Congressman Attempts to Outlaw GPL

Oct 23, 2002, 16:00 (74 Talkback[s])

[Editor's Note: The headline used by NewsForge is inaccurate; Rep. Smith is not trying to outlaw GPL with a proposed law--he is soliciting support to prevent government use of GPL'ed software in a letter to the White House's policymaker on cybersecurity. In keeping with LT policy to reproduce exact headings whenever possible, however, I have kept the headline as is. -BKP]

"Leaders of the New Democrat Coalition attempt to outlaw GPL. A call to sign off on explicit rejection of 'licenses that would prevent or discourage commercial adoption of promising cyber security technologies developed through federal R & D.' has been issued by Adam Smith, Congressman for the Ninth District in the State of Washington.

"It's already signed off on by Rep. Tom Davis(R-Va), Chairman of Government Reform Subcomittee on Technology, and Rep. Jim Turner (D-TX) Ranking Member of the same committee, with the backing of Rep. Jim Davis (D-FL), and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI).

"It's a note to fellow New Democrats under the guise of protecting commercial interest's right to make money from the fruits of federal R & D, and to sign off on an attached letter to Richard A. Clarke, Chair of the President's Critical Infrastructure.

"They are attempting to convince Clarke, Chair of the President's that licensing terms such as 'those in the GNU or GPL' are restrictive, preclude innovation, improvement, adoption and establishment of commercial IP rights..."

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