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GPL 3.0 - Why it matters for your business Part 4

4. Some (like US-based Tech website Eweek (opens in new tab)) have accused of being moral rather than practical. What is your say about it?

There is an agenda in the GPL3 terms, no question. But why shouldn’t there be? Look at all the good that has come from GPL 2. It has basically been the key driver in accelerating a whole movement that forever changed software development. It fueled innovation and speeded up the time-to-market on almost every major software project out there today. The fact is that our system of copyright gives the creators the right to determine how their work is used. So respecting the rights of the creators is still the underlying point. If they choose to use GPL3 to license their work, then users need to understand it and comply – and if they cannot, they need to find an alternative.

Read the last part of the interview here.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.