Alan Cox about the GPLv3, Sony BMG, software patents and more.
"Q: The first public discussion draft of GPL 3 (General Public License version 3) was released a couple of weeks ago. What are your initial thoughts on it?
Cox: The majority of it looks very sensible, such as letting copyright information be displayed in an "about" box, rather than relying on command line instructions (as is the case in GPL 2). Some of the more contentious stuff has sensibly been made optional.
One of the other nice things is the work to make the GPL compatible with other licenses. That's really important--it will allow people to share more code.
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