Developments in Intellectual Property & Internet Law: GPL Version 3 - Overview of Proposed Changes

On January 16, 2006, the Free Software Foundation (“FSF”) released Discussion Draft 1 of Version 3 of the GNU General Public License (“GPL”), the first proposed changes to the main open source license in 15 years. Once adopted, the changes to the GPL will impact both developers and users of open source software.

This alert briefly outlines the major changes proposed in GPLv3. In the following weeks, Lane Powell will release a detailed discussion of the proposed changes contained in GPLv3, as well as articles specifically addressing issues relating to software patents, digital rights management and license compatibility.

Please see full alert for more information.

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