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ZDNet: Why Java Won't be GPL'd

Aug 23, 2006, 21:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Burnette)

"Rumors have been swirling lately about what license Sun will choose for open source Java. One thing's clear to me--it won't be GPLv3. I know Jonathan Schwartz says that 'using a GPL license is very much *on* the table,' but the DRM restrictions famously pointed out by Linus Torvalds will almost certainly put the kibosh on that. I suppose they could use GPLv2, but it would be very unusual for a large contribution like the JDK to be stuck at a back-level of the license (Linux is the only other example that comes to mind).

"The problem is that GPLv3 section 3 (2nd draft) says 'no permission is given for modes of conveying that deny users that run covered works the full exercise of the legal rights granted by this License...'"

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