​’Big Four’ Linux Companies Shift Open-Source Licensing Policies


Red Hat, Facebook, Google, and IBM commit to providing a fair cure period to correct open-source GPLv2 software license compliance issues.’

The GNU Public License version 2 (GPLv2) is arguably the most important open-source license for one reason: It’s the license Linux uses. On November 27, three Linux-using technology powers, FacebookGoogle, and IBM, and the major Linux distributor Red Hat announced they would extend additional rights to help companies who’ve made GPLv2 open-source license compliance errors and mistakes.

This follows in the footsteps the Linux kernel project, which recently adopted this approach in its Linux Kernel Enforcement Statement, and the Free Software Foundation and Software Freedom Conservancy, which embodied the concept in their Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement.

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