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Re: GPL version 4
We have that already.
* Copyright (c) CCYY YOUR NAME HERE <user%your.dom.ain@localhost>
* Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software for any
* purpose with or without fee is hereby granted, provided that the above
* copyright notice and this permission notice appear in all copies.
* THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND THE AUTHOR DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES
* WITH REGARD TO THIS SOFTWARE INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
* MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHOR BE LIABLE FOR
* ANY SPECIAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES
* WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN AN
* ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT OF
* OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS SOFTWARE.
Call that GPL4 if you want.
On Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 02:06:15AM +0800, Morton Harrow wrote:
> 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
> free world.
> 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,
> Morton Harrow
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