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Re: Social Contract: Practical Implications

Article 10 of the DFSG reads as follows:

The "*GPL <http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html>*", "*BSD <http://www.debian.org/misc/bsd.license>*", and "*Artistic <http://www.perl.com/pub/a/language/misc/Artistic.html>*" licenses are examples of licenses that we consider "/free/".

The next time anyone spouts off about how the GPL's requirement that the license itself not be altered, please point that someone to this text. The GPL is OK according to the DFSG because the DFSG itself explicitly says so in its text. No amount of clever argument on debian-legal can change that. So, one of the founding documents of the Project explicitly
blesses licenses that require the license text itself to be invariant.

With that, we can get rid of this thread. If anyone wants the GPL to be declared non-free,
he or she will need to get the DFSG amended to achieve that.

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