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ZDNet: Blocking the Microsoft/Novell Deal

Mar 22, 2007, 21:45 (4 Talkback[s])
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"That, apparently, is the reason the release of GPLv3 has been delayed. The Free Software Foundation wants to ensure that verbiage in GPLv3 explicitly prevents arrangements wherein Microsoft signs a patent waiver with customers of a particular company (in this case, Novell). That, apparently, is not disallowed by the terms of GPLv2, according to Richard Stallman.

"Assuming they figure out acceptable verbiage (which I have no doubt the FSF will), this means that the only way GPLv3 software could use patented IP is if the owners of that IP grant a global waiver to all users of a particular open source product..."

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