GNU General Public Licence v3 Draft

Posted by Anton Hughes on Sunday, January 29, 2006 with No comments
It contains the following statement about software patents:
"[E]very program is threatened constantly by software patents. We wish to avoid the special danger that redistributors of a free program will individually obtain patent licenses, in effect making the program proprietary. To prevent this, the GPL makes it clear that any patent must be licensed for everyone's free use or not licensed at all."