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Last update: 2007-09-14

GPLv3 Project Status

[GNU Public Licence v3 — concluded in 2007]

There have been a number of developments that have slowed progress on rolling out the program, most notably Microsoft's response to GPLv3 and necessary preparations for a potential legal challenge against this response. The Free Software community needs confidence in the license; it needs to be clear that Microsoft cannot play fast and loose with GPLv3. To that end, FSF US released a statement on August 28, 2007.

FSF US continues to develop the license revision resources at Although both the GPLv3 and LGPLv3 are released, they are still revising the new GNU Affero General Public License (GNU AGPLv3), the GNU Free Documentation License (GNU FDLv2), and the GNU Simplified Documentation License (GNU SFDL). Both the AGPL and FDL licenses are expected to be finalized before the end of October 2007.

The GNU FDL and SFDL license development projects are very closely linked to the needs of Wikipedia. Currently, all text on Wikipedia is covered by the FDL, making it the most important "free art" license in the world.

The next phase is to complete a popular guide to changes between GPLv2 and GPLv3. The deadline for the completion of that is October 1, 2007.

Because not everyone can handle reading texts describing license provisions and what they mean, FSF US is creating a series of video tutorials explaining different aspects of GPLv3. The first of these is targeted to be released on November 19, 2007.

Worth to mention that SugarCRM in their press release announced to use to GPLv3.