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  3. <head>
  4. <title>GPLv3 - GNU General Public License, version 3</title>
  5. </head>
  6. <body>
  7. <h1>GPLv3: Drafting version 3 of the GNU General Public License</h1>
  8. <div id="introduction">
  9. <div class="image">
  10. <img src="/graphics/gplv3-logo-red.png" alt="GPLv3 logo"/>
  11. </div>
  12. <p>
  13. The June 29th 2007 release of version 3 of the GNU General Public
  14. License (GPL) marked the end of an eighteen month public
  15. consultation process. During this time, FSFE worked to raise
  16. awareness of the changes proposed for the licence, to help the
  17. community to participate in the public consultation, and to document
  18. the ongoing discussion to make this topic as accessible as possible.
  19. </p>
  20. <p>
  21. For FSFE's GPL compliance information, see
  22. the <a href="/activities/ftf/">Freedom Task
  23. Force</a>.
  24. </p>
  25. </div>
  26. <ol>
  27. <li><a href="#timeline">Discussion drafts: timeline and details</a></li>
  28. <li><a href="#topics">Specific topics</a></li>
  29. <li><a href="#participate">How to participate</a></li>
  30. <li><a href="#transcripts">Event recordings and transcripts</a></li>
  31. <li><a href="#links">Links to further reading</a></li>
  32. </ol>
  33. <h2 id="timeline">Timeline</h2>
  34. <h3>The official GNU GPLv3</h3>
  35. <ul>
  36. <li>Released: June 29th 2007</li>
  37. <li><a href="http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html">Text</a></li>
  38. <li><a href="http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl3-final-rationale.pdf">Rationale</a></li>
  39. <li><a href="http://www.fsf.org/news/gplv3_launched">The launch press
  40. release of our sister organisation, FSF, which worked on the
  41. drafting GPLv3</a></li>
  42. <li><a href="http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html">The GPL
  43. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), updated for version 3</a></li>
  44. </ul>
  45. <h3>Discussion draft 4</h3>
  46. <ul>
  47. <li>Released: May 31st 2007</li>
  48. <li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl-draft-2007-05-31.html">Text</a></li>
  49. <li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl3-dd4-rationale.pdf">Rationale</a></li>
  50. <li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/comments/gplv3-draft-4.html">Comments</a></li>
  51. </ul>
  52. <h3>Discussion draft 3</h3>
  53. <ul>
  54. <li>Released: March 28th 2007</li>
  55. <li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl-draft-2007-03-28.txt">Text</a></li>
  56. <li><a href="diff-draft2-draft3.html">Differences</a></li>
  57. <li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl3-dd2to3.pdf">Rationale</a></li>
  58. <li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/comments/gplv3-draft-3">Comments</a></li>
  59. </ul>
  60. <h3>Discussion draft 2</h3>
  61. <ul>
  62. <li>Released: July 27th 2006</li>
  63. <li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl-draft-2006-07-27.html">Text</a></li>
  64. <li><a href="diff-draft1-draft2.html">Differences</a></li>
  65. <li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl3-dd1to2-markup-rationale.pdf">Rationale</a></li>
  66. <li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/comments/gplv3-draft-2.html">Comments</a></li>
  67. </ul>
  68. <h3>Discussion draft 1</h3>
  69. <ul>
  70. <li>Released: January 16th 2006</li>
  71. <li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl-draft-2006-01-16.html">Text</a></li>
  72. <li><a href="http://www.groklaw.net/articlebasic.php?story=20060118155841115">Differences</a></li>
  73. <li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl-rationale-2006-01-16.html">Rationale</a></li>
  74. <li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/comments/gplv3-draft-1">Comments</a></li>
  75. </ul>
  76. <h2 id="topics">Specific topics</h2>
  77. <p>
  78. The aim of all versions of the GPL are to ensure that everyone who
  79. receives a copy of GPL-licensed software is free to use that
  80. software, to modify it, and to redistribute it in modified or
  81. unmodified form. Version 3 accounts for changes
  82. in software's legal and technical environment, and thwarts new
  83. techniques which have been devised to take those freedoms away from software users.
  84. Below are explanations of certain issues that have raised discussion
  85. during the GPLv3 consultation process.
  86. </p>
  87. <ul>
  88. <li>
  89. <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/ciaran/?p=76">GPLv3: Simplicity and Length</a>
  90. </li>
  91. <li>
  92. <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/ciaran/?p=75">Why GPLv3 says additional permissions are removable</a>
  93. </li>
  94. <li>
  95. <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/ciaran/?p=74">How GPLv3 addresses the EUCD and DMCA</a>
  96. </li>
  97. <li>
  98. <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/ciaran/?p=68">GPLv3 Embedded in Devices</a>
  99. </li>
  100. <li>
  101. <a href="http://www.linuxdevices.com/articles/AT7188273245.html">How GPLv3 tackles Licence Proliferation</a>
  102. </li>
  103. <li>
  104. <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/ciaran/?p=69">Tivoisation
  105. explained - implementation and harms</a>
  106. </li> </ul>
  107. <!-- Note to German translators: a German translation of the
  108. tivoisation article is at:
  109. http://akfoerster.de/text/tivoisierung.html
  110. please use that link instead -->
  111. <h2 id="participate">How to participate</h2>
  112. <p>
  113. The public consultation is now over. The thousands of comments
  114. which were submitted are still available online. The
  115. "<a href="#timeline">timeline</a>" section above has links to the
  116. comments for each draft.
  117. </p>
  118. <h2 id="transcripts">Event recordings and transcripts</h2>
  119. <p id="events">
  120. For a list of past and future GPLv3 events,
  121. see <a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/wiki/index.php/Event_Planning">the
  122. Events page on the GPLv3 wiki</a>.
  123. </p>
  124. <ul>
  125. <li>April 1st 2007. Brussels:
  126. <ul>
  127. <li>
  128. <a href="brussels-rms-transcript.html">Transcript of Richard
  129. Stallman's GPLv3 talk</a>
  130. </li>
  131. <li>
  132. <a
  133. href="http://ciaran.compsoc.com/TEMPORARY-URL-rms-gplv3-20070401.vorbis.ogg">Audio
  134. recording of the talk</a>
  135. </li>
  136. </ul>
  137. </li>
  138. <li>November 21st and 22nd, 2006. 5th international conference, Tokyo:
  139. <ul>
  140. <li>
  141. <a href="tokyo-rms-transcript.html">Transcript of Richard
  142. Stallman's GPLv3 talk, including Q&amp;A</a>,
  143. and <a
  144. href="http://gplv3.mex.ad.jp/sdogg/sd_ogg_2006_1121_1300_rms_speech.ogg">the
  145. video</a>
  146. </li>
  147. <li>
  148. <a href="tokyo-ciaran-transcript.html">Transcript of Ciaran
  149. O'Riordan's GPLv3 talk, including Q&amp;A</a>,
  150. and <a
  151. href="http://gplv3.mex.ad.jp/sdogg/sd_ogg_2006_1122_1000_drm.ogg">the
  152. video</a>
  153. </li>
  154. <li>
  155. Complete <a href="http://gplv3.fsij.org/#Resources">videos from
  156. that event</a>.
  157. </li>
  158. </ul>
  159. </li>
  160. <li>August 23rd, 2006. 4th international conference, Bangalore:
  161. <ul>
  162. <li>
  163. <a href="bangalore-rms-transcript.html">Transcript of Richard
  164. Stallman's GPLv3 talk, including Q&amp;A</a>
  165. </li>
  166. <li>
  167. <a
  168. href="http://gplv3.fsf.org.nyud.net:8080/static/gplv3-india-audio.tar">All
  169. audio recordings from the event</a>
  170. </li>
  171. <li>
  172. <a
  173. href="http://gplv3.fsf.org.nyud.net:8080/static/gplv3-india-video.tar">All
  174. video recordings from that event</a>
  175. </li>
  176. </ul>
  177. </li>
  178. <li>June 22nd and 23rd, 2006. 3rd international conference,
  179. Barcelona:
  180. <ul>
  181. <li>
  182. <a href="barcelona-rms-transcript.html">Transcript of Richard
  183. Stallman's GPLv3 talk, including Q&amp;A</a>
  184. </li>
  185. <li>
  186. <a href="barcelona-moglen-transcript.html">Transcript of Eben
  187. Moglen's GPLv3 talk, including Q&amp;A</a>
  188. </li>
  189. <li>
  190. <a href="europe-gplv3-conference">Complete audio and video
  191. recordings of both days</a>
  192. </li>
  193. </ul>
  194. </li>
  195. <li>April 21st, 2006. 2nd internatinal conference, Porto
  196. Alegre:
  197. <ul>
  198. <li>
  199. <a href="fisl-rms-transcript.html">Transcript of Richard
  200. Stallman's GPLv3 presentation, including Q&amp;A</a>
  201. </li>
  202. </ul>
  203. </li>
  204. <li>March 18th, 2006. The Future of Free Software, Turin:
  205. <ul>
  206. <li>
  207. <a href="torino-rms-transcript.html">Transcript of Richard
  208. Stallman's GPLv3 presentation, including Q&amp;A</a>
  209. </li>
  210. <li>
  211. <a
  212. href="http://streaming.polito.it/files/TFOFS.ogg">Corresponding
  213. video for above transcript</a>
  214. </li>
  215. </ul>
  216. </li>
  217. <li>February 25th, 2006. FOSDEM, Brussels:
  218. <ul>
  219. <li>
  220. <a
  221. href="http://www.ifso.ie/documents/rms-gplv3-2006-02-25.html">Transcript
  222. of Richard Stallman's GPLv3 presentation</a>
  223. </li>
  224. <li>
  225. <a
  226. href="ftp://ftp.belnet.be/pub/mirror/FOSDEM/FOSDEM2006-GPL.avi">Corresponding
  227. video for above transcript, additionally includes Q&amp;A
  228. session</a>
  229. </li>
  230. </ul>
  231. </li>
  232. <li>January 16th, 2006. 1st international conference (launch), Boston:
  233. <ul>
  234. <li>
  235. <a
  236. href="http://www.ifso.ie/documents/gplv3-launch-2006-01-16.html">Transcript
  237. of Eben Moglen's presentation, with an introduction and
  238. interjections by Richard Stallman</a>
  239. </li>
  240. <li>
  241. <a
  242. href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/static/gplv3-draft1-release.ogg">Corresponding
  243. video for above transcript, additionally includes Q&amp;A</a>
  244. </li>
  245. </ul>
  246. </li>
  247. </ul>
  248. <h2 id="links">Links to further reading</h2>
  249. <ul>
  250. <li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/draft">The current draft of GPLv3</a></li>
  251. <li><a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/wiki">The official GPLv3 wiki</a>,
  252. particularly:
  253. <ul>
  254. <li><a
  255. href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/wiki/index.php/Reusable_texts">The
  256. reading materials page</a>, and
  257. </li>
  258. <li>
  259. <a href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/wiki/index.php/Event_Planning">The
  260. events page</a>
  261. </li>
  262. </ul>
  263. </li>
  264. <li><a
  265. href="http://www.ukuug.org/events/gplv3/GPLv3.pdf">Slides
  266. from a talk by Georg Greve on GPLv3</a>, 29th of May 2006</li>
  267. <li><a
  268. href="http://ciaran.compsoc.com/2006-01-19-gplv3-belfast.html">Notes
  269. from a talk by Ciaran O'Riordan on GPLv3</a>, 19th of January 2006</li>
  270. <li><a href="europe-gplv3-conference.html">Video, audio, and
  271. transcripts from the 3rd international GPLv3 conference,
  272. organised by FSFE</a>, 22nd and 23rd of June 2006</li>
  273. <li><a
  274. href="http://gplv3.fsf.org/static/2006-member-meeting/fsf-2006-pm-4-stallman.ogg.tar">An
  275. audio recording of a talk by Richard Stallman about Tivoisation,
  276. GPLv3, and hardware manufacturers</a></li>
  277. <li><a href="http://wiki.fsfe.org/Transcripts#licences">List of transcripts
  278. of presentations on free software licences and the GNU GPL</a></li>
  279. </ul>
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