Recently, at the 2nd international GPlv3 conference in Brazil, I recorded
Richard Stallman's GPlv3 keynote, transcribed it, and made a webpage:
(the page's menu with a list of topics covered is at the end of this mail)
We're now 4 months into the year-long public consultation for drafting
GPLv3, and work has begun, or should soon begin, on the 2nd draft which
should be published in June. So now would be a good time to take a look at
the first draft and submit your comments so they can be responded to by the
second draft. For insight, you can read the comments already submitted and
there is now plenty of other published information.
The GPLv3 website is: http://gplv3.fsf.org
And an introduction is at: http://fsfeurope.org/projects/gplv3
The main changes are probably about DRM, software patents, and licence
Don't hold back if YANAL - general and conceptual comments are what are
mostly sought. Translation to legalese can be done later.
GPLv3 is a continuation of the goals of GPLv2. Previous GPLs were written
to ensure certain freedoms which were being taken away by legal or technical
means. In the eighties, copyright and the distribution of binary blobs with
no source code were the main ways of denying freedom to modify and
redistribute. GPLv2 addressed these cases well but new legal and technical
means have since been devised for fettering computer users (software
patents, "Trusted/Treacherous Computing", etc.) so updates are needed to
ensure in 2006 the same freedoms that GPLv2 ensured since 1991.
If you would like to help raise awareness of the GPLv3 process, pick a
technical mailing list where you have not seen discussion of GPLv3 and pass
on some of the info from this mail. It's important that everyone hears
about the process during this year.
Here are the topics covered in the above transcript from Porto Alegre:
1. The presentation
2. What is the GNU GPL and Free Software?
3. What is copyleft?
4. Pre-history: before the GNU GPL
5. The "Liberty or Death" clause, the main change from v1 to v2
6. Why change it? It was always in the plan, hence "or any later version"
7. First main change: malicious DRM part 1, preventing tivoisation
8. Malicious DRM part 2, grant of permission to access generated data
9. Second main change: software patents part 1, explicit patent grant
10. Software patents part 2, narrow retaliation
11. Third main change: licence compatibility
12. How the addable requirements are limited
* Is GPLv3 good for documentation (about GFDL)?
* Why not put the Affero clause for web services into the licence?
* About cooperating with OSI / ESR
* Creative Commons is not one licence
* Michael Tiemann of OSI comments on RMS's work
* Will there be official translations of GPLv3
* Fragments of a tivoisation question before the camera dies
Ciarán O'Riordan __________________ \ http://fsfeurope.org/projects/gplv3http://ciaran.compsoc.com/ _________ \ GPLv3 and other work supported by
http://fsfe.org/fellows/ciaran/weblog \ Fellowship: http://www.fsfe.org
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