The first draft of the open-source GNU General Public License (GPL) Version 3 will be unveiled this week, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US.
The draft’s release will kick-start many months of debate over the content and exact wording of the licence, which should govern the use of the majority of open-source software for years to come.
This is the first time in 15 years that the GPL, which among other things covers the Linux operating system kernel, has been updated. The aim is to bring the licence up-to-date to reflect the current IT environment.
It is believed the first draft of the new licence will include new types of patent protection, issues around intellectual property licensing and will deal with areas like software used over a network.
The authors of the first draft are Richard Stallman, the licence’s original author, and Eben Moglen, general counsel for the Free Software Foundation.
Both authors will address delegates at the MIT GPL event.