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Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding -- Chicago meetings

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding -- Chicago meetings
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 00:03:40 +0200
(Linux lab: GPL clarification needed ASAP)

FSF attorney Eben Moglen met members of a committee of corporate 
powers on Tuesday and Wednesday in Chicago, said OSDL Chief Executive 
Stuart Cohen. There, they raised an issue that ODSL has heard about 
from many concerned parties, Cohen said: How will GPLv2 and GPLv3 
software coexist?

"We've been at this nine months. It's time to get specific. It's time 
for the FSF to write it down and say what the rules are," Cohen said.

Moglen, however, has a different assessment and indicated he's not 
likely to clarify the issue for now.

"It is premature to comment, in my view, on the relation between 
GPLv2-licensed code and GPLv3-licensed code until the final 
provisions of GPLv3 are known, but this at any rate does not strike 
me as an issue," he told CNET

It's not the first time Moglen has stood his ground in the face of 
pressure from corporate interests who want a say in GPLv3. Moglen 
also has downplayed concerns from Hewlett-Packard that the current 
draft of GPLv3 has unacceptable patent provisions. 

The connection between GPLv2 and GPLv3 software has been under 
discussion at the Chicago meetings, Cohen said. 


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