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Tech Giants Collaborate on Open Source License Enforcement

Tuesday Nov 28th 2017 by Developer.com Staff

Large companies say more predictability in open source licensing will accelerate innovation.

Facebook, Google, IBM and Red Hat, as well as the Linux Kernel Community, say that they will work together to enforce open source license compliance. “We are taking an approach to compliance enforcement that is consistent with the Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement. We hope that this will encourage greater collaboration on open source projects, and foster discussion on how we can all continue to work closely together,” blogged Chris DiBona, director of open source for Google.

The organizations want to extend the express termination approach in the GNU General Public License version 3 (GPL3) to earlier versions of the GPL license.

“Open source accelerates the pace of innovation in the world. Extending the good-faith opportunity for developers to correct errors in license compliance has the potential to help move the industry forward and allow engineers to focus on building great things,” said Allen Lo, vice president and deputy general counsel at Facebook.

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