The Free Software Foundation has announced publication of the third discussion draft of the GNU General Public License Version 3. Because quite a few changes have been made since the previous draft and important new issues have surfaced, the drafting process has been extended and revised to encourage more feedback. The most significant changes in this draft include refinements in the "tivoization" provisions to eliminate unwanted side effects, revision of the patent provisions to prevent end-runs around the license, and further steps toward compatibility with other free software licenses.
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I guess it's not surprising how long this new version of the GPL is taking to work its way through their system. This third discussion draft is only being issued today -- The second discussion draft came out July a year ago. (Offhand I can't find when the first discussion draft came out, but I'm sure it was some months before the second.) The good folks at FSF are certainly finding out what happens when many folks with varied interests all get to participate in the crafting of a document that will have universal impact on almost all users of software -- Maybe we should get them to connect with the folks over at NCCUSL who were working on UCITA? Think of how much they all have in common now!