Posted May 24, 2007 22:57 UTC (Thu) by giraffedata
In reply to: Google ?
Parent article: A day at the Open Source Business Conference
No, something changed.
The GPL didn't change, and legal requirements didn't change, but the thing that Stallman sought to regulate with GPL has changed. Much of the computer use that formerly happened via distribution of software now happens by offering a service on the Internet. For example, this year I filed my income tax using a web service, whereas in the past I would pick up a CD at a store. And it looks like that trend will continue. Essentially, we're moving from the Microsoft era to the Google era.
So to continue the freedoms GPL hoped to give to computer users, there needs to be something new.
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