The third discussion draft from the Free Software Foundation of the GNU General Public License v. 3 (GPLv3) has been out for a few weeks. This draft has ignited a firestorm of criticism by some who object to language in this draft intended to prevent deals such as that between Microsoft and Novell in which Microsoft agreed not to assert any patents it might have covering Suse Linux which Novell distributes under an open source license.
Paragraphs 4 and 5 of section 11 have drawn the most criticism (more Wednesday):
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