Why is the GPL v3 so necessary ?
Posted Apr 26, 2005 2:21 UTC (Tue) by xtifr
In reply to: Why is the GPL v3 so necessary ?
Parent article: Eben Moglen's linux.conf.au keynote
Another point that was hinted at but not directly addressed in the previous responses: the new Apache license (and some similar licenses) have some restrictions on patent abuse. These restrictions are not compatible with the GPL v2, but are considered by the FSF (and many others) to be perfectly reasonable and even desirable otherwise. So, basically, the plan at this point is to modify the GPL to be fully compatible with the Apache license, rather than try to force the Apache Foundation to remove desirable features from their license. (The current situation, where the Apache license and the GPL are incompatible is livable, but not ideal.)
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