August 27, 2002

Linux, the GPL, and a new model for software innovation

In this whitepaper published at, Matt Asay (former Linux naysayer-turned-disciple) analyzes the GPL, picking apart what it means (and does not mean) for users, and whether it is enforceable. Assay also details how its terms inhibit and foster innovation, and why we should care. In this next generation of software, those who understand 'copyleft' licenses like the GPL will have the upper-hand, and will be best positioned to take on closed-source shops like Microsoft. Assay wrote this paper while attending Stanford Law School, where he studied the the GNU General Public License under Professor Larry Lessig. Also included, is a proposed revision to the GPL entitled Suggested Revision of the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE, Version 3.0, May 2001."



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