August 14, 2007

Mozilla's Lawyer Isn't a GPLv3 Fan

Author: JT Smith

The GPL version 3 has been out for six weeks, and the debate about whether to adopt it remains heated.

Adding her voice to the anti-GPL version chorus is lawyer Heather Meeker of legal firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Meeker isn't just any lawyer, though. Her firm's clients include two of the biggest names in open source, browser vendor Mozilla and VoIP vendor Digium.

"I am not recommending GPL v3 to my clients at this point," Meeker said in a session at LinuxWorld San Francisco. "The patent provisions are difficult to understand, and I'm not sure how they will play out. I'm asking clients to choose GPL v2 only."



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