GPLv3 is now the fifth most chosen license in the open-source community, used in 6,300 projects, and is expected to snatch the number four-slot from BSD in "a year or two" Black Duck said
The move past BSD would represent a doubling of GPLv3's use. BSD is employed in 6.51 per cent of projects compared to GPLv3 in 3.98 per cent. The numbers are based on Black Duck's repository of 170,000 open-source projects from nearly 4,000 sites.
GPLv3 has so-far surpassed the Common Public License, Mozilla Public License, MIT, and Apache licenses in the year and a half since launch. These licenses date back to 1998 in the case of MIT to 2004 with Apache.
Black Duck released the figures saying it's a myth that GPLv3, released in June 2007, is being ignored. GPLv3's growth is consistent with the fact that other GPL licenses offered by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) cover most open-source code: around 70 per cent of all open source projects use a variation of GPL, Black Duck said. The GPL 2.0 and LGPL 2.0 are used in 55 and 10 per cent of projects respectively.