Four tech giants us­ing Linux change their open source li­cens­ing poli­cies

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The GNU Pub­lic Li­cense ver­sion 2 (GPLv2) is ar­guably the most im­por­tant open source li­cence for one rea­son—Linux uses it. On Novem­ber 27, 2017, three tech power houses that use Linux—Facebook, Google and IBM, as well as the ma­jor Linux dis­trib­u­tor Red Hat, an­nounced they would ex­tend ad­di­tional rights to help com­pa­nies who’ve made GPLv2 open source li­cence com­pli­ance er­rors and mis­takes.

The GPLv2 and its close rel­a­tive, GNU Lesser Gen­eral Pub­lic Li­cense (LGPL), are widely used open source soft­ware li­cences. When the GPL ver­sion 3 (GPLv3) was re­leased, it came with an ex­press ter­mi­na­tion ap­proach. This ter­mi­na­tion pol­icy in GPLv3 pro­vided a way for com­pa­nies to cor­rect li­cens­ing er­rors and mis­takes. This ap­proach al­lows li­cence com­pli­ance en­force­ment that is con­sis­tent with com­mu­nity norms.

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