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Moglen Downplays Risks, Plays Up GPL 3.0

Nov 03, 2005, 14:30 (1 Talkback[s])

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eWeek: Moglen: GPL 3.0 Rewrite Drive Is No Democracy

"Users will be free to comment on the upcoming complex and technical draft versions of the GNU General Public License 3.0 in an easy way, according to Eben Moglen, general counsel for the Free Software Foundation.

"However, Moglen said Wednesday, speaking at the Open Source Business Conference here, the rewrite of the GPL is not an election and there will be no voting on its clauses..."

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CNET News: Lawyer: Open-Source Risks Overblown

"During a keynote speech at the Open Source Business Conference on Tuesday, the Columbia University Law School professor said that for users of open-source software, the 'risk perception has diverged from risk reality.'

"He said that many of the potential risks to users of free and open-source software are misplaced, as they have been addressed over the years in the General Public License, which is used in many products, including Linux..."

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