coriordan writes "The Future of Free Software was the name of a recent GPLv3 event in Turin, Italy.
Richard Stallman gave the keynote speech and spoke on DRM, software patents, licence
compatibility and other issues for which changes are being proposed to the GPL. A
transcript and recordings is now online. Sections:
- First, a note on "intellectual property"
- On to the GPLv3
- About "or any later version" and
transitioning between versions
- Software patents: explicit patent grants
- The four freedoms of Free Software
- Digital Restrictions Management: how it was tackled
without restricting usage or modification
- DRM and laws about effective restriction measures
- Licence compatibility
- Compatibility with Affero - addressing web services, if you want
with two kinds of patent retaliation
- The draft GPLv3 does contain
a very limited patent retaliation clause
- Requirements for notifying users
of the licence terms
- Question 1: What about Linux?
- Question 2: About dynamic linking and languages
- Question 3a: What if someone
thinks the spirit has been changed?
- Question 3b: Can
writing Free Software beat DRM or is lobbying needed? (Stallman's
answer discusses democracy)
- Question 4: Who is involved in the process?
- Question 5: Why is there not a team running
it instead of you, and who will run it next time?
- Question 6: What ideas for GPLv3