ZDNet – Microsoft is joining Red Hat, Facebook, Google and IBM in committing to extending right to “cure” open source licensing noncompliance before taking legal measures.
On March 19, officials from Microsoft — along with CA Technologies, Cisco, HPE, SAP and SUSE — said they’d work with open together with the already-committed vendors to provide more “predictability” for users of open source software.
“The large ecosystems of projects using the GPLv2 and LGPLv2.x licenses will benefit from adoption of this more balanced approach to termination derived from GPLv3,” explained Red Hat in a press release announcing the new license-compliance partners.
The companies which have agreed to adopt the “Common Cure Rights Commitment” said before they file or continue to prosecute those accused of violating covered licenses, they will allow for users to cure and reinstate their licenses. (More of the specific legal language around this is in Red Hat’s press release.)
Microsoft’s blog post on its decision to band together with these vendors around open source licensing notes that licensees of GPLv2 code will get “a reasonable period of time to correct license compliance issues.”