Free Software Foundation releases GPLv3

by admin July 2, 2007 at 1:30 pm

Open source licence takes on patents and DRM

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has officially released the third version of the General Public Licence (GPLv3).

More than 15 applications have been covered by the new licence, including components that ship as part of the Linux operating system.

The licence has taken 18 months to draft, during which time the FSF and the Software Freedom Law Center sought extensive feedback from open source developers, users and vendors.

“By hearing from so many different groups in a public drafting process we have been able to write a licence that successfully addresses a broad spectrum of concerns,” said Peter Brown, executive director of the FSF.

“But even more importantly, these different groups have had an opportunity to find common ground on important issues facing the free software community today. ”

Brown lashed out against products such as the TiVo personal video recorder and the Trusted Computing Platform.

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