GPL Version 3 License

   
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Software Licenses   >   Open Source   >   Licenses   >   GPL v3

   
 

GPL Version 3 License


The GPL Version 3 is a revised version of the GPL, which, was released Free Software Foundation. in the summer of 2007.

The principle changes in the GPL 3 as compared to previous versions, are certain changes as relating to patent licenses required for the software, restrictions on using GPL software in hardware where the software can not easily be modified/replaced ("Tivoization"), and certains changes which relate to the implementation of DRM ("Digital Rights Management - software that prevents unauthorized copying of copyrighted material) in GPL software. Additionally, there are changes that clearly define the process to be followed for terminating the license in the event of a licensee's breach.
  • As might be expected, some of these changes have proven controversial with both licensors and licensees, for example, Linus Torvalds, the original author of Linux, has expressed some reservations about using the GPL 3, and, at the time of writing, continues to use the GPL version 2 for Linux.

  • On the other hand, some open source projects have begun to issue their new releases under the GPL version 3. Furthermore, many older projects were issued by their licensors as under the "GPL version 2 or later", allowing a licensee to choose to license the code under the GPL version 3 if they want.
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