GPLv3: Official start of the revision process

MIT lecture room 10-250 in Boston just saw the release of the the first discussion draft for version 3 of the world’s first Copyleft and most used Free Software license, the GNU General Public License (GPL).

As expected, it contains provisions for additional compatibility with other Copyleft licenses, language against Digital Restriction Management (DRM), an explicit software patent license grant, a (very limited) software patent retaliation clause, and distributed/web services.

It also tries to address the issue of difference Copyright regimes by introducing "propagate" as a new term that is generally not used and not subject to different Copyright regimes, as "distribute" is.

If you are interested, you’ll find the GPLv3 discussion draft online and can leave comments and suggestions online.

About Georg Greve

Georg Greve is a technologist and entrepreneur. Background as a software developer and physicist. Head of product development and Chairman at Vereign AG. Founding president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). Previously president and CEO at Kolab Systems AG, a Swiss Open Source ISV. In 2009 Georg was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon by the Federal Republic of Germany for his contributions to Open Source and Open Standards.
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