Very ill-thought-out position
Posted Sep 23, 2006 11:35 UTC (Sat) by rmorgan11
Parent article: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
First, the appropriate place to discuss the GPLv3 is via gplv3.fsf.org. The FSF is doing everything it can to understand all objections people have to the current draft of GPLv3. This is not a take-it-or-leave-it draft. These kernel developers are doing the Free Software community a big disservice by grandstanding in public instead of working with the FSF and its law team.
However, when we read the misstatements and FUD in their "position", we have to wonder what their agenda is. For example:
"The current version (Discussion Draft 2) of GPLv3 on first reading fails the necessity test of section 1 on the grounds that there's no substantial and identified problem with GPLv2 that it is trying to solve."
It's trying to solve the thwarting of the intention of the GPL by technical means - as done by Tivo. That's an identified problem, and since it defeats one of the aims of the GPL, it's unarguably a substantial problem.
"As drafted, this currently looks like it would potentially jeopardise the entire patent portfolio of a company simply by the act of placing a GPLv3 licensed programme on their website."
This is complete nonsense - pure FUD. If anyone had come close to persuading Moglen that the draft really did this, he'd change it immediately, and these kernel developers know that. It's FUD-generation of the most dishonest kind.
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