FSF is creating a problem that never existed!
Posted Oct 2, 2006 7:33 UTC (Mon) by mingo
In reply to: Busy busy busybox
Parent article: Busy busy busybox
I'm sad that the FSF is creating a problem in free software projects where none existed before: the GPLv3 process is polarizing the community along moral lines that were artificially injected into the GPLv3 draft.
The FSF, in their false zeal to kill the "evil Tivo" are trying to use their unprecedented legal power to add new moral considerations to the license - which were not in the license before. With that they are opening Pandora's box.
This unprecedented legal power of the FSF derives from their legal ability to unilaterally change the license after 15 years, by using the wildcard "or any later" language, without any legal obligation for consent from the community!
I fear the new license splits the community, instead of unifying it. I also fear it sets a bad precedent for the future: what will there be in GPLv4? In GPLv5? Who will inherit this huge legal power from Richard Stallman, once he is not the president of the Free Software Foundation anymore? Who will interpret the "similar in spirit" clause, and in what way?
The legal power of the FSF rests in a 340 lines long license, which license now affects over 350 million lines of code not written by the FSF!
Please stop this licensing madness before it's not too late!
We have already wasted too much time and effort on this, and the new license has not even been released. At the sight of this self-destruction of a once powerful community Microsoft must be laughing all the way to the bank.
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