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GPLv3 Patent Clauses [Was: Re: For those who care about the GR]

On Mon, 23 Jan 2006, Pierre Habouzit wrote:
> > No, the GPL does not ban proprietary software companies from using
> > the software.
> Not *yet*. GPLv3 does (with the Patent related clauses) ;p does it
> makes GPLv3 non free ?

No, it imposes duties on entites who control patents (or have patents
licenced to them) and distribute software as well as restricting
certain actions which are outside of the scope of running software.

Now, if you feel the above is non-free, please, please make a comment
on gplv3.fsf.org cogently and precisely laying out your theory for why
it isn't free so it can actually be addressed. (The same goes for
anyone else who has a problem, suggest, or anything else for part of
the GPLv3.)

Don Armstrong

"There's no problem so large it can't be solved by killing the user
off, deleting their files, closing their account and reporting their
REAL earnings to the IRS."
 -- The B.O.F.H..

http://www.donarmstrong.com              http://rzlab.ucr.edu

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