May 5, 2009, 2:23 am
At the beginning of July this year, we will have had the GPLv3 for two years. At this stage, many of the changes which the GPLv3 brought with it are known, not only to those dealing with FLOSS licenses on a daily basis, but also across the industry as a whole. Quite a lot of the discussion focused on issues such as ‚ÄúTivo-isation‚Äù and the new patent clause ‚Äì this is obvious from the commentary (and the comment frequency analyser) at http://gplv3.fsf.org/comments/gplv3-draft-4.html as well as from the number of blogs and articles which focused on this issue over the last two years. There is, however, another issue which has been somewhat drowned out by the patent and DRM discussions ‚Äì that of outsourcing arrangements under the various versions of the GPL.