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The following was just recieved from a GPLv3 info mailing list. It addresses certain points of criticism regarding GPLv3 development.

The Free Software Foundation wishes to clarify a few factual points
about the Second Discussion Draft of GNU GPL version 3, on which
recent discussion has presented inaccurate information.

1. The FSF has no power to force anyone to switch from GPLv2 to GPLv3
on their own code. We intentionally wrote GPLv2 (and GPLv1) so we
would not have this power. Software developers will continue to
have the right to use GPLv2 for their code after GPLv3 is
published, and we will respect their decisions.

2. In order to honor freedom 0, your freedom to run the program as
you wish, a free software license may not contain "use
restrictions" that would restrict what you can do with it.

Contrary to what some have said, the GPLv3 draft has no use
restrictions, and the final version won't either.

GPLv3 will prohibit certain distribution practices which restrict

"Many of the top Linux developers have announced their objections to the proposed GPLv3. In a position paper released on September 22, leading Linux developers like Andrew Morton, James E.J. Bottomley, Greg Kroah-Hartman, Christoph Hellwig, and six others explained in detail why they "reject the current license proposal."

While Linux founder Linus Torvalds did not sign this document, he has already voiced his objection to version 3 of the GPL (GNU General Public License). In a note concerning the paper, Kroah-Hartman explained, "No one else is standing up in the free software community besides Linus stating that they think the GPLv3 is bad. So we wanted to make our statement also known." -- Read more

"After posting a fairly positive commentary on the Zune player it pains me to say that it looks like Microsoft’s willingness to compromise its technology in order to satisfy the increasingly shrill demands of the content industry means that the player will be significantly less interesting or useful than it first seemed.

As more reports come out on how the DRM will work it looks like you won't even be able to play protected media from non-Microsoft sources like Napster." -- Read more

We recommend not buying Zune, as simple as that. Vote with your wallet!

"Intellectual property lobbyists are warning that new plans to shake up Europe's policy on patents could put patentable software back on the menu, as well as upping legal fees and putting small businesses in jeopardy.

Last year, the European parliament spectacularly voted to reject the proposed directive on Computer Implemented Inventions (CII) after anti-patent campaigners argued the bill was too broad in its scope.

Now, just over 12 months later, the issue looks set to return as the European Parliament is scheduled to vote next month on two motions for a resolution on European policy on patenting." -- Read more

A video of a talk Lawrence Lessig presented at the recent LinuxWorld conference is now available for download in a free ogg vorbis format here. It is most recommended for you to see it and it is going to be added to our Free Culture videos page. Lessig explains four levels of the network; physical, logical, application and the content layer where the logical layer is essentially free and by itself uncontrolled. Control is introduced in the application (proprietary software), content (overreaching copyright and DRM) and even the physical layer (loss of net neutrality) and this control we must oppose. If we do not we will end up in a "read-only" culture of consumership rather than the "read-write" culture of vast creativity and in return value and wealth for everyone. --