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Re: GPL traitor !

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: GPL traitor !
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 01:52:42 +0200

Hyman Rosen wrote:
> Protection for such things may be secured in other ways, such as by
> patent or trade secret.
> > The context was that you were implying that the
> > GPL is, by its nature, an important obstacle to i14y.
> I was stating that copyright cannot be used to prevent interoperability.

How come that the GPLv3 purports to prevent interpretability by
explicitly "prohibiting" ("the fifth
paragraph stops free software vendors from contracting with patent
holders to make discriminatory patent promises" certain patent licensing

Don't you think that such attempts clearly constitute utter misuse of
the copyright, Hyman?



GPLv3 responds to Microsoft-Novell deal 
March 28, 2007 By James Archibald     

This afternoon the third draft of the GNU General Public Licence version
3 (GPLv3) was released. This improved draft of the GPLv3 aims to better
protect the open source community. Accompanying this delayed draft is a
60-page rationale for the draft (PDF) featuring a large section
responding to the Microsoft-Novell deal in November, which was a key
factor in the draft’s much overdue release.

The introduction offers an apology and explanation for the draft’s
delays, citing the Microsoft-Novell deal, which it said “presents grave
threats to users of free software”.

“It was necessary for us to take the time to carefully develop
mechanisms in GPLv3 that would deter agreements of this sort and would
provide strong defenses latest draft adds extra protectionagainst their
accompanying dangers. There were additional important and difficult
issues of law and policy that we wished to resolve prior to publication
of the new draft”

The rationale includes an extensive note on the Microsoft-Novell deal,
identifying two new paragraphs (Section 11, paragraphs four and five) as
the response to the sort of threat represented by the deal, which were
designed to protect users from such deals, and prevent or deter the
making of such deals.


(GNG is a derecursive recursive derecursion which pwns GNU since it can 
be infinitely looped as GNGNGNGNG...NGNGNG... and can be said backwards 
too, whereas GNU cannot.)

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