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<h1>GPLv3: Drafting version 3 of the GNU General Public License</h1>
<div id="introduction">
<div class="image">
<img src="/graphics/gplv3-logo-red.png" alt="GPLv3 logo"/>
</div>
<p>
The June 29th 2007 release of version 3 of the GNU General Public
License (GPL) marked the end of an eighteen month public
consultation process. During this time, FSFE worked to raise
awareness of the changes proposed for the licence, to help the
community to participate in the public consultation, and to document
the ongoing discussion to make this topic as accessible as possible.
</p>
<p>
For FSFE's GPL compliance information, see
the <a href="/activities/ftf/">Freedom Task
Force</a>.
</p>
</div>
<ol>
<li><a href="#timeline">Discussion drafts: timeline and details</a></li>
<li><a href="#topics">Specific topics</a></li>
<li><a href="#participate">How to participate</a></li>
<li><a href="#transcripts">Event recordings and transcripts</a></li>
<li><a href="#links">Links to further reading</a></li>
</ol>
<h2 id="timeline">Timeline</h2>
<h3>The official GNU GPLv3</h3>
<ul>
<li>Released: June 29th 2007</li>
<li><a href="http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html">Text</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl3-final-rationale.pdf">Rationale</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.fsf.org/news/gplv3_launched">The launch press
release of our sister organisation, FSF, which worked on the
drafting GPLv3</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html">The GPL
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), updated for version 3</a></li>
</ul>
<h3>Discussion draft 4</h3>
<ul>
<li>Released: May 31st 2007</li>
<li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl-draft-2007-05-31.html">Text</a></li>
<li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl3-dd4-rationale.pdf">Rationale</a></li>
<li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/comments/gplv3-draft-4.html">Comments</a></li>
</ul>
<h3>Discussion draft 3</h3>
<ul>
<li>Released: March 28th 2007</li>
<li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl-draft-2007-03-28.txt">Text</a></li>
<li><a href="diff-draft2-draft3.html">Differences</a></li>
<li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl3-dd2to3.pdf">Rationale</a></li>
<li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/comments/gplv3-draft-3">Comments</a></li>
</ul>
<h3>Discussion draft 2</h3>
<ul>
<li>Released: July 27th 2006</li>
<li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl-draft-2006-07-27.html">Text</a></li>
<li><a href="diff-draft1-draft2.html">Differences</a></li>
<li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl3-dd1to2-markup-rationale.pdf">Rationale</a></li>
<li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/comments/gplv3-draft-2.html">Comments</a></li>
</ul>
<h3>Discussion draft 1</h3>
<ul>
<li>Released: January 16th 2006</li>
<li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl-draft-2006-01-16.html">Text</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.groklaw.net/articlebasic.php?story=20060118155841115">Differences</a></li>
<li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl-rationale-2006-01-16.html">Rationale</a></li>
<li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/comments/gplv3-draft-1">Comments</a></li>
</ul>
<h2 id="topics">Specific topics</h2>
<p>
The aim of all versions of the GPL are to ensure that everyone who
receives a copy of GPL-licensed software is free to use that
software, to modify it, and to redistribute it in modified or
unmodified form. Version 3 accounts for changes
in software's legal and technical environment, and thwarts new
techniques which have been devised to take those freedoms away from software users.
Below are explanations of certain issues that have raised discussion
during the GPLv3 consultation process.
</p>
<ul>
<li>
<a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/ciaran/?p=76">GPLv3: Simplicity and Length</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/ciaran/?p=75">Why GPLv3 says additional permissions are removable</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/ciaran/?p=74">How GPLv3 addresses the EUCD and DMCA</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/ciaran/?p=68">GPLv3 Embedded in Devices</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.linuxdevices.com/articles/AT7188273245.html">How GPLv3 tackles Licence Proliferation</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/ciaran/?p=69">Tivoisation
explained - implementation and harms</a>
</li> </ul>
<!-- Note to German translators: a German translation of the
tivoisation article is at:
http://akfoerster.de/text/tivoisierung.html
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<h2 id="participate">How to participate</h2>
<p>
The public consultation is now over. The thousands of comments
which were submitted are still available online. The
"<a href="#timeline">timeline</a>" section above has links to the
comments for each draft.
</p>
<h2 id="transcripts">Event recordings and transcripts</h2>
<p id="events">
For a list of past and future GPLv3 events,
see <a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/wiki/index.php/Event_Planning">the
Events page on the GPLv3 wiki</a>.
</p>
<ul>
<li>April 1st 2007. Brussels:
<ul>
<li>
<a href="brussels-rms-transcript.html">Transcript of Richard
Stallman's GPLv3 talk</a>
</li>
<li>
<a
href="http://ciaran.compsoc.com/TEMPORARY-URL-rms-gplv3-20070401.vorbis.ogg">Audio
recording of the talk</a>
</li>
</ul>
</li>
<li>November 21st and 22nd, 2006. 5th international conference, Tokyo:
<ul>
<li>
<a href="tokyo-rms-transcript.html">Transcript of Richard
Stallman's GPLv3 talk, including Q&amp;A</a>,
and <a
href="http://gplv3.mex.ad.jp/sdogg/sd_ogg_2006_1121_1300_rms_speech.ogg">the
video</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="tokyo-ciaran-transcript.html">Transcript of Ciaran
O'Riordan's GPLv3 talk, including Q&amp;A</a>,
and <a
href="http://gplv3.mex.ad.jp/sdogg/sd_ogg_2006_1122_1000_drm.ogg">the
video</a>
</li>
<li>
Complete <a href="http://gplv3.fsij.org/#Resources">videos from
that event</a>.
</li>
</ul>
</li>
<li>August 23rd, 2006. 4th international conference, Bangalore:
<ul>
<li>
<a href="bangalore-rms-transcript.html">Transcript of Richard
Stallman's GPLv3 talk, including Q&amp;A</a>
</li>
<li>
<a
href="http://gplv3.fsf.org.nyud.net:8080/static/gplv3-india-audio.tar">All
audio recordings from the event</a>
</li>
<li>
<a
href="http://gplv3.fsf.org.nyud.net:8080/static/gplv3-india-video.tar">All
video recordings from that event</a>
</li>
</ul>
</li>
<li>June 22nd and 23rd, 2006. 3rd international conference,
Barcelona:
<ul>
<li>
<a href="barcelona-rms-transcript.html">Transcript of Richard
Stallman's GPLv3 talk, including Q&amp;A</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="barcelona-moglen-transcript.html">Transcript of Eben
Moglen's GPLv3 talk, including Q&amp;A</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="europe-gplv3-conference">Complete audio and video
recordings of both days</a>
</li>
</ul>
</li>
<li>April 21st, 2006. 2nd internatinal conference, Porto
Alegre:
<ul>
<li>
<a href="fisl-rms-transcript.html">Transcript of Richard
Stallman's GPLv3 presentation, including Q&amp;A</a>
</li>
</ul>
</li>
<li>March 18th, 2006. The Future of Free Software, Turin:
<ul>
<li>
<a href="torino-rms-transcript.html">Transcript of Richard
Stallman's GPLv3 presentation, including Q&amp;A</a>
</li>
<li>
<a
href="http://streaming.polito.it/files/TFOFS.ogg">Corresponding
video for above transcript</a>
</li>
</ul>
</li>
<li>February 25th, 2006. FOSDEM, Brussels:
<ul>
<li>
<a
href="http://www.ifso.ie/documents/rms-gplv3-2006-02-25.html">Transcript
of Richard Stallman's GPLv3 presentation</a>
</li>
<li>
<a
href="ftp://ftp.belnet.be/pub/mirror/FOSDEM/FOSDEM2006-GPL.avi">Corresponding
video for above transcript, additionally includes Q&amp;A
session</a>
</li>
</ul>
</li>
<li>January 16th, 2006. 1st international conference (launch), Boston:
<ul>
<li>
<a
href="http://www.ifso.ie/documents/gplv3-launch-2006-01-16.html">Transcript
of Eben Moglen's presentation, with an introduction and
interjections by Richard Stallman</a>
</li>
<li>
<a
href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/static/gplv3-draft1-release.ogg">Corresponding
video for above transcript, additionally includes Q&amp;A</a>
</li>
</ul>
</li>
</ul>
<h2 id="links">Links to further reading</h2>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/draft">The current draft of GPLv3</a></li>
<li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/wiki">The official GPLv3 wiki</a>,
particularly:
<ul>
<li><a
href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/wiki/index.php/Reusable_texts">The
reading materials page</a>, and
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/wiki/index.php/Event_Planning">The
events page</a>
</li>
</ul>
</li>
<li><a
href="http://www.ukuug.org/events/gplv3/GPLv3.pdf">Slides
from a talk by Georg Greve on GPLv3</a>, 29th of May 2006</li>
<li><a
href="http://ciaran.compsoc.com/2006-01-19-gplv3-belfast.html">Notes
from a talk by Ciaran O'Riordan on GPLv3</a>, 19th of January 2006</li>
<li><a href="europe-gplv3-conference.html">Video, audio, and
transcripts from the 3rd international GPLv3 conference,
organised by FSFE</a>, 22nd and 23rd of June 2006</li>
<li><a
href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/static/2006-member-meeting/fsf-2006-pm-4-stallman.ogg.tar">An
audio recording of a talk by Richard Stallman about Tivoisation,
GPLv3, and hardware manufacturers</a></li>
<li><a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Transcripts#licences">List of transcripts
of presentations on free software licences and the GNU GPL</a></li>
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