New LGPL draft expected in June

SAN FRANCISCO--Intellectual property lawyers with an interest in open-source software are scrutinizing revisions to the widely used General Public License, or GPL. But in a few months, they'll also be able to sink their teeth into a cousin called the Lesser General Public License, or LGPL.

A draft of the revised LGPL should be released about the same time in June as the second draft of GPL version 3, said Richard Fontana, an attorney for the Software Freedom Law Center, a group helping the Free Software Foundation to update the GPL.

Fontana spoke at the Open Source Business Conference here on a panel discussing some of the GPL 3 issues.

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