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Katherine Noyes
FSF Approves Affero GPL for SaaS Apps
11/20/07 12:02 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 821 Words

The AGPLv3 is based on version 3 of the GPL but includes an additional terms to allow users who interact with the licensed software over a network to receive the source code for that program. By publishing the license, the FSF aims to...

Katherine Noyes
GNU GPL Creator Richard Stallman on the Meaning of 'Free'
10/15/07 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1550 Words

LinuxInsider recently spoke with the 54-year-old Stallman -- also known simply as "rms" -- about free software, the GPL , the Microsoft effect, and what it all means for users.


LinuxInsider: What is free software, and why is it...

Jennifer LeClaire
GPL Version 3 Includes Revised Legal Provisions
01/19/06 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 572 Words

Richard Stallman, the GPL's original author, and FSF General Counsel Eben Moglen scribed the latest rendition of what has become the most popular open-source license in the world. About 150,000 people are expected to provide their opinions on it in coming...

Philip H. Albert
Is the GPL OK for DNA?
03/01/05 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1264 Words

Copyright Law and GPL'ed Works
Creating software independently, even if it is identical to other copyrighted code, is not copying of the other code, and therefore unknown third-parties would not have rights to the software. Furthermore, extracting the functionality...

Katherine Noyes
Linux Blog Safari: Asus' eeePC and the GPL, Linux in 2008
12/03/07 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 869 Words

"They've taken a community-developed kernel module and have modified it, and then released the result as a binary-only kernel module without including the source or at least posting an offer to obtain the source to the kernel module," wrote morgan_greywolf on Slashdot. "That's a direct letter violation of the GPL. ...

Tim Gray
Sun May Release OpenSolaris Under GPL
05/11/07 1:06 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 330 Words

Sun Microsystems is considering the possibility of releasing OpenSolaris , the open source version of its Solaris operating system , under the latest version of the GNU GPL (general public license), the primary free software license. Up to now, OpenSolaris has been offered...

Nancy Cohen
GPL Settlement: Plenty of Buzz, No Deal
09/26/07 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 343 Words

Where's the Code
BusyBox's beef is that the GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2) requires that other parties engaged in either copying, modifying, or redistributing its software must stick to its GPL licensing rules, yet Monsoon is offering products...

Erika Morphy
Verizon Under the Gun for GPL Infringement
12/10/07 2:36 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 571 Words

Under the GPL , Verizon is allowed to modify and redistribute BusyBox, so long as it meets certain conditions -- among them publishing the source code to the value-added software .

Verizon is infringing the GPL by distributing a proprietary product...

Tim Gray
Latest GPL Draft Aims to Sink Microsoft-Novell Pact
03/28/07 1:27 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 379 Words

The Original GPL
The document, created by Richard Stallman in 1989 for the GNU free operating system project, was last fully revised in 1991 and provides users the right to openly and freely "study, copy, modify, reuse, share and redistribute...

ECT News Staff
Survey: Open Source Developers Welcome GPL v3 Draft 3
04/16/07 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 243 Words

Open source software provider OpenLogic last week announced the results of a survey focusing on the most recent draft of the...

Chris Maxcer
GPL 'Last Call' Aims to Make MS-Novell Deal Last of Its Kind
06/04/07 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 647 Words

GPLv3 therefore says they don't get a 'next time,'" he wrote. "Releasing a program under GPL version 3 protects it from Microsoft's future attempts to make redistributors collect Microsoft royalties from the program's users."

Moving On
Software providers are not...

Heather J. Meeker
Open Source and the Legend of Linksys
06/28/05 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 3513 Words

So, no one will comply with the terms of a license agreement like the GPL , with which compliance can be challenging if not downright burdensome, unless they believe someone will enforce it.

Clear Picture
When open source first became...

Philip H. Albert
Lessons from the Sandbox
10/05/04 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1328 Words

If only these simple childhood rules could apply to the universe of software licensed under the General Public License, or GPL .

In the GPL universe, "Activities other than copying, distribution and modification are not covered by this license; they are outside...

Jennifer LeClaire
Richard Stallman Sets the Free Software Record Straight
05/02/06 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 2089 Words

With the publicity surrounding the next GPL update, Stallman is seeking to set the record straight about how proposed changes would impact developers. LinuxInsider caught up with Stallman to give him an ear and dispel common misconceptions about free software.

LinuxInsider:...

Jack M. Germain
The Linux Licensing Labyrinth
11/18/08 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1296 Words

Do the GPL and its requirements continue to hamstring the wider adoption of Linux? Linux users have had to resort to hacks or unauthorized workarounds. Average users simply want their software to "just work." On principle, they don't generally care about licensing...

Phil Albert
A Consumer's Review of the General Public License
07/20/04 5:45 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1080 Words

There is no question that the GPL is an important product. It enjoys a huge portion of the license market relative to other licenses. Out of all the distinct software packages available today, a large percentage are licensed using the GPL, and except...

Phil Albert
Munich's Migration to Linux Raises Issues
07/27/04 6:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1296 Words

GPL Enforceable in Germany?

Spindler is a professor of law at the Gerog-August University in Gottingen, Germany, and as vice chairman of the German Society of Law and Information Science, he is a highly regarded German legal authority. When...

Katherine Noyes
Licenses, Libraries, Laws and Loopholes
08/20/09 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1267 Words

"Umm... nothing?" answered Phroggy, for example. "If you're writing your application from scratch without using anybody else's libraries, you're free to release it under whatever license you like, even if it happens to talk to a GPL'd client plugin thingie, and...

Elizabeth Millard & Staff Writer
Will SCO's Suit Chill the Penguin?
06/11/03 7:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1563 Words

As it turns out, the company allegedly included GPL'ed code alongside proprietary Unix code in its own Linux software release.

According to GPL licensing terms, if any GPL'ed code is included in a software release, the entire release must actively be...

Jay Lyman
Sun Opens Java to Developers
11/13/06 4:02 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 497 Words


Instead, Sun chose the GPL Version 2 license. In addition, the company appears to favor the upcoming GPL Version 3 (GPLv3) of the open source license, which it claims will broaden Java's deployment on more than 4 billion devices, including cell...

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