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Philip Hunt: Proposal to change the GPL

[ Thanks to Philip Hunt for this
link. ]

“…So I propose a new version of the GPL that would rectify
this omission, by preventing anyone from using GPL’d software if
they had taken any legal action against any free software
program.

“The GPL version 2 is specifically compatible with later
versions of the GPL (see clause 9). So anyone making modifications
to a GPL2 program, and using the new version of the GPL (“GPL3″)
for the modifications would automatically cause the derived work as
a whole to be GPL3’d.”

“Most free software is GPL’d. (Over half of the packages listed
on Freshmeat are licensed under the GPL). So if GPL3 was adopted by
the Free Software Foundation, it’s likely that within a short time,
most free software would become licensed under GPL3.”

Complete
Story