Analysts, Lawyers Dissect New GPLv3 Draft
Some hate it, while others think this version represents a significant step forward in making the GPLv3 palatable both to the Linux community and big business. (Linux-Watch)The new GPL drafts digital ink hadnt had time to dry before everyone began voicing their opinion on it. Some observers hate it, while others think this version represents a significant step forward in making the GPLv3 palatable both to the Linux community and big business. When it comes to disliking the latest GPL draft, it would be hard to find someone who felt more strongly about it then ACT (Association for Competitive Technology) Executive Director Morgan Reed, who said: "The newest draft of the GPLv3 is clearly designed to build unscalable walls between open source and proprietary software. The rest of the world has decided to make software more interoperable, but Stallman and the FSF are focused on ideology rather than the practical concerns of users."
ACT is a Washington, D.C., lobbyist firm representing, according to the company, small business innovators. Reed continued: "It started with four simple freedoms, but the new GPL looks more like the U.S. Tax Code. The new draft no longer just defines freedom; it is designed to punish companies and business models that Richard Stallman just doesnt like. Novell, Microsoft, TiVo, Nokia and Linux-based phone manufacturers are all in the crosshairs. In fact, the new version is now so complex and legally squishy that it is essentially a full employment guarantee for intellectual property lawyers."