Free Software Foundation releases draft of GNU General Public License v3

by Glenn Letham

Related link: http://www.fsf.org



The Free Software Foundation (http://www.fsf.org/) has released a draft version of GNU General Public License v3. Of note, Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document, but changing it is not allowed. See http://gplv3.fsf.org/draft. A bit of background, "In fifteen years of use, version 2 of the GNU General Public License has succeeded beyond our expectations. It has nurtured a spirit of cooperation and trust that has enabled a worldwide community of user/developers to release an extraordinary range of free software." An extensive rationale behind the proposed changes has also been offered. Note: Free software is a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. For more see also http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/gpl.html