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Update: Hoosier Penguin: An Escape Clause for Novell in GPL3 Draft?

Mar 29, 2007, 11:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"I am going to make this a short entry, because basically I am just trying to get a question answered that's been sticking with me all day.

"When I first read the new draft of the GPL v3 license this morning, I thought it would be a good idea to post the whole thing up on LT so people could comment on it directly if they wanted..."

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FSF: GPLv3: A Grandfather Clause, But Not For Novell

"One point in particular that's drawing a lot of attention already is the bracketed clause in section 11. We've proposed language that would prohibit distributors from entering discriminatory patent deals like the one between Microsoft and Novell; the text in brackets is still under consideration, and would make that effective only against deals that were made starting today. If the text is removed, the draft would be 'retroactive' because it would prohibit companies from distributing GPLv3ed software if they've already entered such a deal. That's as far back as it can go--we don't have a magic trick to retroactively stop those companies from distributing software under GPLv2...."

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