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Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding -- InformationWeek: "The Controversy Over GPL

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding -- InformationWeek: "The Controversy Over GPL 3"
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 12:29:30 +0100


The next version of the open source license is dividing the community,
and it isn't even out yet 


Bare facts: What's the difference betweekn free and open? Ask Richard
Stallman, who wrote the first GPL.


Eben Moglen, who is helping craft GPLv3, wrote a treatise on
intellectual property in 2003 called "The dotCommunist Manifest"


Having deliberately missed the March deadline, there's no firm date yet
for the completed version of GPLv3. But most users aren't in a hurry.
Rather than squabble over GPLv3 later, the Christian Science Monitor's
Barbounist says, "it's in the best interest of the community to work
these issues out now."


And in the meantime... Eben The Grandiose' planned speech for his OSBC 
keynote this May 22, 2007:


Copyleft Business Models: Why It's Good Not To Be Your Competitor's Free

Abstract: Now that the GPL wars are over, and we have two good GPLs to
choose from, it is time to re-ask some fundamental questions about
business models and software licenses. In this talk, I explain why
smaller software-focused businesses will soon be deserting Apache- and
BSD-style permissive licenses for GPL[2 3] and their successors.




"Either the second or third discussion draft will be designated the 
``last call'' draft. This draft will begin a final period of public 
comment lasting at least 45 days, ending no later than January 15th, 
2007. The second discussion draft may be designated the last call 
draft without further process if there are no major unresolved 
issues after full discussion of the initial draft. " 


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