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OT: modifying licenses (Re: Debian's Linux kernel continues to regress on freedom)

Ron Johnson wrote:
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On 09/13/07 02:45, Josselin Mouette wrote:
Le mercredi 12 septembre 2007 à 16:51 +0200, Romain Beauxis a écrit :
It often start with "GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE" and it' clearly written:
" Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies
 of this license document, but changing it is not allowed."

Shouldn't we garantee the right for our users to modify LICENCEs ??
This common belief that the GPL text itself is non-free is unfounded.

Can I modify the GPL and make a modified license?
        You can use the GPL terms (possibly modified) in another license
        provided that you call your license by another name and do not
        include the GPL preamble, and provided you modify the
        instructions-for-use at the end enough to make it clearly
        different in wording and not mention GNU (though the actual
        procedure you describe may be similar).

Paraphrasing Luk Claes:
    besides we as Debian only want our users the freedom to
    be able to if they wanted it, to willy-nilly modify the
    GPL text.

Quoting Mirim Ruiz:
    What about ... changing the format or structure for
    clarifying, or even fixing typos?

Please, stop this nonsense. The thread was about the kernel which has issues with non-(DFSG)free firmware and a subthread about non-(DFSG)free RFCs. If you want to discuss about clarifications of the DFSG concerning lincenses, please do it on -curiosa (or on -policy if you want to change anything).



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