Saturday, January 21, 2006

GPLv3 draft

The first discussion draft of the GNU General Public License, version 3, has been published by the Free Software Foundation. This is a the beginning of a public review process that is expected to take the rest of 2006. The new license includes lots of rewording for clarification and new definitions that were missing from GPL 2, as well as aggressive new clauses dealing with Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and replacing "distribution" with "propagation", broadening the application of the copyleft to include edge cases such as running an application on a publicly-available server. The license also contains compatibility clauses increasing the flexibility of combining GPL software withsoftware under other free copyleft licenses.