FSF updates open-source licence

By Derek Sooman on January 17, 2006, 1:06 PM
The Free Software Foundation has redrafted its new software licence. Version 3 of the GPL (GNU General Public License) will address two very important issues, those being software patents and digital rights management (DRM). These changes (if adopted) represent the first major overhaul of the GPL in 15 years, and affect a variety of popular software including Linux, Samba and MySQL.

The draft includes a provision requiring some software distributors to "shield" software users against some patent infringement claims, and it also prevents GPL-licensed software from being used in DRM copy-protection software, called "digital restrictions management" software by the FSF.

"We are trying to do what we can, in a limited way, to use the freedoms that our licence gives us to actively work against the spread of DRM restrictions," said Eben Moglen, an FSF board member and one of the authors of the draft.




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vigilante said:
Awesome. Though I hope it doesn't change the way end users can use GNU software.Yet another step towards a DRM free world, lol
nathanskywalker said:
[quote]"We are trying to do what we can, in a limited way, to use the freedoms that our licence gives us to actively work against the spread of DRM restrictions," said Eben Moglen, an FSF board member and one of the authors of the draft.[/quote]Well, there is only so much they can do. just keep at it i guess; i really wish DRM's would just back off, would make life much more simple.
MonkeyMan said:
With these new proposal, I'm almost certain that there will be many more lawsuits, and court conflicts, resulting from this. Copyright infringement, is a very serious violation, and is a threat to a company's existence. I only hope this helps the situation, and not add onto it.
mentaljedi said:
[b]Originally posted by nathanskywalker:[/b][quote][quote]"We are trying to do what we can, in a limited way, to use the freedoms that our licence gives us to actively work against the spread of DRM restrictions," said Eben Moglen, an FSF board member and one of the authors of the draft.[/quote]Well, there is only so much they can do. just keep at it i guess; i really wish DRM's would just back off, would make life much more simple.[/quote] i activly concer. go open source!
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