GPL v3 new draft released

The FSF has released a new discussion draft of the GPL, with a whole lot of materials around it. I’m flipping through it now, while listening to Eben describe the changes (ogg).

For those who weren’t there, by the way, Ciaran O’Riordan had an excellent introduction to the GPL v3 process at GUADEC. His slides are available here.

If people in the GNOME community have questions/concerns about GPL v3, drop me a note- I’m not the best person to ask, but I at least know who to flip the questions (and particularly concerns!) to, as I’m nominally on one of the GPL committees and will finally be attending one of the committee meetings next week.

Tangentially, I’m finally turning on comments permanently for the blog- I’ve been pleased with wordpress’s spam-resistance so far.

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  1. […] Luis Villa provides some links to this release, and the Center for the Study of Digital Property goes in-depth and explains the changes. The main substantive change seems to be in preventing DRM from restricting the sharing or modification of GPL software. In other words you can protect and encrypt files and code, but not in a way that stops someone from viewing the source and modifying/sharing it.* It again clarifies the core of GPL–making software “free as in speech” and not making everything “free as in beer.” […]

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