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Re: All GPL'ed programs have to go to non-free

On Fri, Apr 15, 2005 at 09:26:30PM +0200, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 14, 2005 at 06:46:41PM -0500, John Hasler wrote:
> > Matthew Garrett writes:
> > > In general, the law doesn't allow us to modify the license attached to a
> > > piece of software.
> > 
> > That has nothing to do with creating a derivative of a license for use
> > elsewhere.
> You are allowed to do that with the GPL, under certain conditions[1]:
> * You must not call it 'GNU GPL', and you must modify the
>   instructions-for-use at the end so that they don't mention GNU.
> * You must remove the preamble.
> The former is already allowed by the DFSG (section four). The DFSG
> doesn't talk about bits that must be stripped from software if you want
> to make a modified version, but it's not even remotely the same thing as
> having an invariant section that cannot either be removed or modified.
> Of course, you cannot modify the GPL and then assume that original
> authors will accept your license; that is the only way in which the GPL
> isn't modifiable. But that isn't a problem, is it?
> [1] http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/gpl-faq.html#TOCModifyGPL

That's interesting.

Different from what both I and several other people in this thread 
stated, the GPL is DFSG-free?



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