Thursday, September 08, 2005

GPL License to be Updated

The General Public License (GPL) is a license which conforms to the open source license, but technically is a Free Software license ("free as in freedom, not price"). The license explains that the software can be freely copied, distributed or modified. Anyone using this license must make their software available under the same license. It's last revision was in 1991 and now they will be updating it once again. With version 3, they hope to:
  • encourage international participation to create a more global license;
  • include patent language;
  • close existing loopholes;
  • possibly discuss the constitutionality of GPL, e.g., does it undermine the US and European system of patents and copyrights?

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