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Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review

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The General Public License Version 3.0: Making Or Breaking The Foss Movement, Clark D. Asay Jan 2008

The General Public License Version 3.0: Making Or Breaking The Foss Movement, Clark D. Asay

Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review

Free and open source software (FOSS) is a big deal. FOSS has become an undeniably important element for businesses and the global economy in general, as companies increasingly use it internally and attempt to monetize it. Governments have even gotten into the act, as a recent study notes that FOSS plays a critical role in the US Department of Defense's systems. Others have pushed for the adoption of FOSS to help third-world countries develop. Given many of its technological and developmental advantages, FOSS's use, adoption, and development are only projected to grow.[...] The FSF created the most popular version of …