[linux-elitists] The GPLV3 Position... (and a suggestion to Jon Corbet)

Ben Finney ben@benfinney.id.au
Wed Sep 27 04:57:22 PDT 2006

On 27-Sep-2006, Dave Crossland wrote:
> In a very general sense, the controversy about GPLv3 seems to come
> from a new generation of software proprietors who evolved under the
> selection pressure of GPLv2 (web app proprietors, special-purpose
> computer proprietors) and who are are getting annoyed by the
> reassertion of its original aims.

Indeed. The complaints about the "DRM clauses" in the GPL v3 seem to
centre on the intention to better ensure that, when someone
redistributes a covered work, the recipient can exercise all the same

You'd almost think they hadn't read that the GPL v2 was also intended
to ensure exactly the same thing:

    "... if you distribute copies of such a program, whether gratis or
    for a fee, you must give the recipients all the rights that you

> Microsoft and other old school proprietors have always been annoyed by
> GPL, and aren't very interested in the new version, because it has the
> same aims.

That's an interesting perspective, thanks.

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Ben Finney <ben@benfinney.id.au>
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