The future of the software industry, GPLv3 and beyond

Eben Moglen is one of the leading thinkers and speakers in the field of free software. Mr. Moglen is, together with Richard Stallman, the driving force behind the Free Software Foundation and recently gave a lecture at the Law Faculty of the University of Edinburgh on the future of the software industry in the era of GPL v3. The Gnu Public License (GPL) version 3 is the new software license where the Free Software Foundation has worked on the last 18 months. It was released on June 29th 2007. This new version of the license enforces some new ‘freedoms’ with regard to the distribution of software. The Free software Foundation believes these new rules will benefit both software in general and society as a whole. In this lecture: Eben Moglen describes how free software has added value to society in the past.  Obviously he references that one big software company in Redmond without naming it. This quote sums up his opinion about their business: “[The monopoly] isn’t in intellectual sense interesting, it isn’t in ethical sense tolerable, it isn’t in any economic sense necessary, it is simply something that happened to happen and that we will soon be finished making it not longer there.” — Eben Moglen (51m:08s into the talk)