Wednesday, September 07, 2005

On the GPL (General Public License)

The new GNU GPL (General Public License) may contain a patent retaliation clause.

How the GPL should deal with patents will be a major, and contentious, part of creating a new license.

Eben Moglen, general counsel for the FSF, who is authoring the new license with Richard M. Stallman, its creator, said in November that talks will center on the use of copyrights to retaliate against patent law.

"We perceive some difficulty and enormous complexity in the fact that the GPL is a worldwide license and the global law of patents is not uniform."

Still, patent issues must be dealt with in the next GPL.


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