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- Subject: GPL version 4
- From: "Morton Harrow" <mharrow%linuxmail.org@localhost>
- Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 02:06:15 +0800
Dear gentlemen (and included list-members),
Let me first introduce myself. My name is Morton Harrow, senior GNU/Linux
consultant in the London metropolitan area. I have been around in the Open
Source world since the early beginning. I am very happy with the spirit and
efforts of the Free Software Foundation (FSF).
As the name mentions ?free?, one would think this organisation embraces real
freedom. I can't help but feel that the FSF has made a mistake with the release
of the third version of the GPL (GPLv3). This license restricts the freedom and
usage of open source software for governments, companies and end-users alike.
Linking from other software which is not regarded by the FSF as free software,
is not allowed by this license. I can't help but wonder if this is the freedom
the FSF intensions. Real free should be that users are allowed link any
software against GPL licensed software, without restrictions. But the current
?freedom? restricts the spirit of Richard M. Stallman's original vision on a
We propose to release as soon as possible, version 4 of the General Public
The GPL version 4 will accept every other license, accepted by the Open Source
Initiative as open source. Corporate usage of GPL released software should be
possible without restrictions. Linking from closed source software to GPLv4
software and libraries will be permitted. GPLv4 software can be shipped in
(commercial) closed source software. Only this and the original authors need to
be mentioned. Also, I believe the copyright of the FSF software should be
transferred to the United Nations. As ?human knowledge belongs to the world.?
Our planned release date of GPLv4 is 15th September 2008. The first software to
be released under the terms of this new license, will be a continuation of the
stalled ReiserFS project. As the FSF headers allow software to be released
under the terms of the GPLv2 or higher, we will prepare automatic relicensing
of GPLv2 and GPLv3 software to the GPLv4.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.
With kind regards,
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