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Institute for Legal Questions on Free and Open Source Software

GPL Version 3

In 2006 the FSF published the draft for the new version of the GNU General Public License and concurrently started a worldwide discussion and consultation with interested parties. This process of revision ended on June 29th 2007 with the publication of the new version of the license. The FSF had two goals when revising the license. First, the existing rights granted to the users were to be safeguarded taking into account the contemporary legal and technical environment. Especially important in this regard were the hotly debated topics of software patents and digital rights management. Additionally the broad international use of the license was to be facilitated. At the same time the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) was modernized and published as version 3 as well.

To structure and guide the discussion, the FSF and the Software Freedom Law Center founded by the FSF’s legal counsel Eben Moglen provided a discussion platform where everybody could submit comments and suggestions about the license revision. Multiple discussion committees were founded to discuss the comments and suggestions that were received and to prepare them for a decision by the FSF. ifrOSS was represented by Till Jaeger and Axel Metzger in discussion committee C. A seminar about the topic was held on 18th and 19th October 2007 in Berlin.

Below you can find ifrOSS statements regarding version 3 of the GPL as well as drafts and related materials.

a) Drafts and final version 3

Offizielle Seite zum GPLv3-Prozess

GPL Version 3 vom 29. Juni 2007

Erster Entwurf für die GPL Version 3

Zweiter Entwurf für die GPL Version 3

Dritter Entwurf für die GPL Version 3

Vierter "Last Call" Entwurf für die GPL Version 3

Erster Entwurf für die LGPL Version 3

Zweiter Entwurf für die LGPL Version 3

Dritter Entwurf für die LGPL Version 3

LGPL Version 3 vom 29. Juni 2007

 

b) Reports and analysis

Computerzeitung: Till Jaeger, Die neue GPL-Version erleichtert internationale Anwendung

Heise open: Till Jaeger, Eine Lizenz entsteht - Neue Entwürfe für GPL und LGPL

ct: Till Jaeger/Axel Metzger, Neues Recht für freie Software, GPLv3 - Gesetzgebung in Vertragsform

Golem: Till Kreutzer, Diskussionsstoff GPL v3 - Änderungen im Detail

irights: Till Kreutzer, GPL: Neue Lizenzen für eine neue Zeit

Neue Lizenzversionen von GPL und LGPL in Kraft (Nachricht der Woche vom 01.07.2007)

Last exit GPLv3 (Nachricht der Woche vom 04.06.2007)

Dritter Diskussionsentwurf für die GPLv3 (Nachricht der Woche vom 29.03.2007)

GPL3 und LGPL3 - neue Entwürfe veröffentlicht (Nachricht der Woche vom 31.07.2006)

Entwurf der GPL 3 veröffentlicht (Nachricht der Woche vom 16.01.2006)