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Red Hat on Monday said all of its newly initiated open-source projects that adopt GPLv2 or LGPLv2.1 licenses will be expected to include the GPLv3 "cure" provision.
The move follows Red Hat's announcement last November, in conjunction with Facebook, Google and IBM, that the four companies intended to extend the GPLv3 violation remediation language to existing projects under GPLv2, LGPLv2.1 and LGPLv2, except when defending against lawsuits.
March - CA - Technologies - Cisco - HPE
In March, CA Technologies, Cisco, HPE, Microsoft, SAP and SUSE joined the group of companies working to make the licenses more friendly to accidental violators.
The GPLv2 and LGPLv2.x licenses include a provision that automatically terminates the license upon noncompliance.
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The GPLv3 cure clause gives open-source license violators grace periods of 30 or 60 days, depending on the circumstances, to remedy license violations. Having this time makes it easier for those who have run afoul of licensing terms to fix things before being exposed to the possibility of litigation.
"Automatic license termination, as commonly understood in the community, meant that a single act of inadvertent non-compliance could, in theory, give rise to a large number of infringement claims, with no obligation on the part of copyright holders to notify the alleged violators prior to seeking legal recourse," explained Richard Fontana, senior commercial counsel at Red Hat, in a blog post today.
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To help individual developers play nice under the same forgiving rules companies have embraced, Red Hat in May created the GPL Cooperation Commitment. It's a statement that individual GPLv2 and LGPLv2.1 copyright holders can make in support of allowing unintentional license violators to take the necessary steps to...
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