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Submission + - New GPL 3 Draft Takes Aim At Microsoft/Novell Pact

Anonymous writes: "The latest GPL 3 draft blocks developers from conveying GPL-covered works if they have in place an arrangement with a third party that has granted a patent license selectively to that developer's customers, according to a story on ChannelWeb.com. The clause was explicitly crafted in response to the surprise Novell/Microsoft alliance, which included an agreement that neither would sue the other over patent infringements. Microsoft has not offered that amnesty to other Linux distributors, and the implication that it could take action over perceived open-source infringements on its intellectual property has roiled the open-source development community."

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