Wednesday, January 18, 2006

General Public License v3 draft is available for comment

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has made public the first Discussion Draft of Version 3 of its General Public License (GPL). The draft and corresponding rationale for changes is available at the site as well as a very slick interface to leave comments on specific text in the draft.

The GPL was last revised (v2) in 1991 and has been an important part of the growing success of the Linux OS as well as the independent development of countless open source projects. Adaptation to technological and legal changes since 1991 will help this license continue to be relevant, so if you are a developer, user, attorney or are just curious it will be well worth your time to become familiar with these draft changes and comment on how you think it can be better.

Thanks to Dennis Kennedy over at the Between Lawyers blog for this notice.

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