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Eight common misunderstandings about GPLv3

May 11, 2007, 13:45 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"When the latest draft was released, Stallman made clear that the purpose of the GPL was to block methods "to make free software proprietary." The first version of the license blocked the methods known then: adding additional license terms, and not releasing the source code. The second version added section 7 to block the use of patents to impose restrictive conditions on users. "Now," Stallman says, "we've found out about two other ways to try to make free software effectively proprietary: one of them is TiVoization, and the other is the Novell-Microsoft deal, so we're trying to block them both. And any time we find some new threat to a user's freedoms, we will try to block it.""

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