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Last call for open source draft licence issued

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has released the fourth and “last call” draft for version 3 of the GNU General Public Licence (GNU GPL).

The GNU GPL is the world's most widely used free software licence, and is used to cover open source applications, including Linux-based applications.

The Foundation is open for comments on the latest draft for 29 days, and expects to officially publish the licence on 29 June this year.

The new draft incorporates feedback received from the general public and official discussion committees since the release of the previous draft on 28 March this year.

FSF executive director Peter Brown said, “We have made a few very important improvements based on the comments we have heard, most notably with licence compatibility.

“Now that the licence is almost finished, we can look forward to distributing the GNU system under GPLv3, and making its additional protections available to the whole community,” he said.

The Foundation says the new licence addresses areas such as digital rights management and “threats from software patents”, and delivers better internationalisation, support for BitTorrent, and compatibility with the Apache licence.

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