Subject: Re: GPL v3
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 17:08:58 -0500

Wilson, Andrew scripsit:

> Au contraire, my guess is that soon after there is a final GPL v3, the
> bulk of FSF/GNU code will be relicensed v3-only (and this is a lot of
> code).
> Remember, they can do this far more easily than many other projects,
> since FSF requires assignment of copyright.

You may be right, but FSF code is a tiny minority of all GPLed code.

> On the original topic: if GPL v3 does violate the OSD by discriminating
> against a class of applications, e.g. DRMs, RMS might consider this
> a bug, or he might consider it a feature.  It is certainly possible
> he would like to see a sharper distinction between "free software"
> and "open source" rather than consolidation.

I agree, and I agree that section 3 is the most problematic under the OSD.

Where the wombat has walked,            John Cowan <>
it will inevitably walk again.