ZDNet – Red Hat, Facebook, Google, and IBM commit to providing a fair cure period to correct open-source GPLv2 software license compliance issues.
The GNU Public License version 2 (GPLv2) is arguably the most important open-source license for one reason: It’s the license Linux uses. On November 27, three Linux-using technology powers, Facebook, Google, and IBM, and the major Linux distributor Red Hat announced they would extend additional rights to help companies who’ve made GPLv2 open-source license compliance errors and mistakes.
The GPLv2 and its close relative, GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) are widely-used open source software licenses. When the GPL version 3 (GPLv3) was released, it came with an express termination approach that offered users opportunities to cure errors in license compliance. This termination policy in GPLv3 provided a way for companies to repair licensing errors and mistakes. This approach allows license compliance enforcement that is consistent with community norms.
The four companies are committed to extending the GPLv3 approach for license compliance errors to software code under GPLv2 and LGPLv2.1 and v2. Specifically, the Common Cure Rights Commitment, is: