FSF Releases the Fourth and Final Draft of GPLv3


The final version of the GNU General Public License 3.0 should be published before the end of June, bringing to an end some 18 months of discussions around the new license, the Free Software Foundation said on May 31.

The FSF also released the fourth and final draft of GPL version 3 on May 31, referred to as the “final call” draft, which will be open for comments for 29 days. The final license will be released after that.

The most notable changes found in this latest draft include making GPLv3 compatible with version 2.0 of the Apache license; ensuring that distributors who make discriminatory patent deals after March 28 may not convey software under GPLv3; adding terms to clarify how users can contract for private modification of free software or for a data center to run it for them; and replacing the previous reference to a U.S. consumer protection statute with explicit criteria for greater clarity outside the United States, FSF executive director Peter Brown said in a statement.

Also check out: GPLv3 authors comment on final draft

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