GPLv3 not going far enough?
Posted Sep 24, 2006 2:14 UTC (Sun) by coriordan
In reply to: For anyone looking for GPLv3 explanations:
Parent article: Kernel developers' position on GPLv3
You are right that there will still be ways in which the freedom of GPL'd software users can be restricted. GPLv3 could go further, but each condition has to be considered in terms of how much inconvenience it adds and how effective it will be.
The clauses that are in draft 2 of GPLv3 are judged to be the minimum required in order to prevent large scale abuse of GPL'd software. They are fairly minimal and are focused on protecting developers and distributors and on reducing bureaucratic incompatibilities, and look at the number of complaints?
Stallman probably wants more freedom protecting clauses to be added, but the GPL has to be a licence that people want to use. (At the same time, the goal of protecting share-and-share-alike will not be compromised for popularity, even if Linux developers ask for it.)
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