GPL 3

Segundo o Richard Stallman a próxima versão da licença GPL (GPL 3) poderá incluir a obrigação acesso ao código fonte do software que use essa versão da licença, mesmo que não faça a distribuição do software (como as empresas que tenham aplicações comerciais na Web e que usem aplicações/software GPL3).

Em entrevista à OnLamp Stallman explica também que esta é ainda uma ideia ainda em estudo, que o primeiro draft do GPL deverá estar na rua no inicio de 2006 e que todos que o quiserem poderão continuar a usar a versão GPL 2.

Excerto:

Some companies, such as Google, use code covered by GPL to offer their services through the Web. Do you plan to extend GPL 3 copyleft to request code publication in this case too, considering this behavior like a product distribution?

Running a program in a public server is not distribution; it is public use. We’re looking at an approach where programs used in this way will have to include a command for the user to download the source for the version that is running.

But this will not apply to all GPL-covered programs, only to programs that already contain such a command. Thus, this change would have no effect on existing software, but developers could activate it in the future.

This is only a tentative plan, because we have not finished studying the matter to be sure it will work.

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