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THE SCOTTISH SOCIETY FOR COMPUTERS AND LAW ANNUAL LECTURE 2007

Free software is irrevocably transforming the global software industry, challenging not only Microsoft’s dominance as a firm, but also the very idea of software-as-product that characterised the Microsoft Era. Now, with the release of version 3 of the GNU General Public License after eighteen months of public, global legislative process, the outlines of the new industrial structure are emerging.

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Now that the GPL wars are over, and we have two good GPLs to choose from, it is time to re-ask some fundamental questions about business models and software licenses. In this talk, I explain why smaller software-focused businesses will soon be deserting Apache- and BSD-style permissive licenses for GPL [2 3] and their successors.






A discussion of software patents in the United States and how they may impact free and open source software projects.

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