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[News] GPLv3 Adoption Needed to Destroy Software Patent Issues

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Do we need GPLv3?

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| Regardless of opinion on the merits of the new GPL, the fact is it's 
| here--and likely here to stay. 
| In essence, copyleft is a complete reversal of traditional copyright values 
| where the law sees software as a literary work under the Copyright, Designs 
| and Patents Act 1988.  
| [...]
| The result is a new version of the license that is much clearer in its scope 
| and application. It also takes greater account of software patents. To 
| prevent software owners using patents to impose additional terms on users, 
| the license includes the use of any patents owned by copyright holders that 
| fall within the scope of the software. The termination provisions are also 
| made clearer and are now automatic instead of requiring a notice from a 
| copyright holder.      
| [...]
| Conversion from GPL version 2 to version 3 is increasing as existing open 
| source applications seek to benefit from the improved certainty afforded by 
| the new terms. That's not to say that version 2 is unenforceable, it will 
| continue to exist and be used by those who prefer it, but version 2 and 
| version 3 are incompatible. Thus a decision needs to be made by those 
| organizations 'going open' as to how they would prefer their software to be 
| made available--and soon.      



GPLv3/AGPLv3 Adoption: If It Happened Too Fast, I'd Be Worried

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| Since the release of GPLv3, technology pundits have been opining about how
| adoption is unlikely, usually citing Linux's still-GPLv2 status as (often
| their only) example. Even though I'm a pro-GPLv3 (and, specifically,
| pro-AGPLv3) advocate, I have never been troubled by slow adoption, as long as
| it remained on a linear upswing from release day onward (which it has).


GPL Project Watch List for Week of 07/25

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| The AGPL v3 count is up 5 projects bringing it to 130 AGPL v3 projects.


AGPLv3 Keeps Open Source Vibrant in Age of SaaS

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| For all practical purposes, the AGPLv3 is a key advance for everyone involved
| in open source, regardless of if you are a software developer, Internet end
| user or enterprise end user. The AGPLv3 closes the ASP loophole and keeps the
| freedom of open source software alive, in the age of SaaS and hosted
| applications.

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