42 Hous. L. Rev. 1015 (2005-2006)
General Public License 3.0: Hacking the Free Software Movement's Constitution

handle is hein.journals/hulr42 and id is 1027 raw text is: GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE 3.0: HACKING
THE FREE SOFTWARE MOVEMENT'S
CONSTITUTION
Robert W. Gomulkiewicz*
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.    INTRODUCTION      .................................................................. 1016
II.   A QUICK SOFTWARE TUTORIAL ......................................... 1018
III. WHAT MAKES SOFTWARE FREE (OR NOT) ..................... 1019
IV. How COPYRIGHT AND LICENSING CREATE THE
FOUNDATION FOR SOFTWARE FREEDOM ........................... 1022
V.    CREATION OF THE GPL ...................................................... 1024
VI. WHY STALLMAN CARES ABOUT LICENSING AND
THE ROLE THE GPL PLAYS IN SOFTWARE FREEDOM ......... 1025
VII. GPL 3.0: THE REVISION PROCESS ..................................... 1027
VIII. GPL 3.0: THE SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES .................................. 1028
A.    A Few Important Definitions to Fix ......................... 1028
1.    The Heart of Copyleft-GPL Section 2(b) ........ 1028
2.    Clarifying GPL Section 2(b) ............................ 1030
B.    Some Problems with Patents .................................... 1033
C.    Other Issues on the Table ......................................... 1034
Director, Intellectual Property Law and Policy Program and Associate Professor
of Law, University of Washington School of Law. I owe thanks to the participants at the
2005 IPIL/Houston Santa Fe Conference: Transactions, Information and Emerging Law,
and the Pacific Intellectual Property Scholars Conference for their comments on drafts of
this Article. Thanks are also due to Signe Brunstad, Karen Copenhaver, Jonathan
Franklin, David McGowan, Heather Meeker, and University of Washington School of Law
students Sean Kellogg, Bill Snyder, and David Tilton for useful discussions. Jolene Lau
Marshall provided valuable research assistance. Finally, I am grateful for research
funding provided by the Shidler Center for Law, Commerce, and Technology.

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