New free software license takes aim at patents

Posted by Abe on Sep 6, 2005 2:46 PM EDT
Reuters; By Lucas van Grinsven
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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The free software foundation said on Tuesday it would start adapting rules for development and use of free software by including penalties against those who patent software or use anti-piracy technology. Free software needs to be licensed under specific rules to guarantee that it can be freely studied, copied, modified, reused, shared and redistributed. The Linux operating system kernel is one of the best known examples of free software.

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