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the GPL FAQ on the copyrightability of the GPL's text

Hello GNU folks,

Can you gentlemen disambiguate or resolve the tension between the
following statements in the GPL FAQ[1]?

"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)."[2]

"In fact, the GPL is copyrighted, and its license permits only verbatim
copying of the entire GPL."[3]

The second statement appears to be slightly misleading given the first.

[1] http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html
[2] http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#TOCModifyGPL
[3] http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#GPLOmitPreamble

G. Branden Robinson                |    I must despise the world which does
Debian GNU/Linux                   |    not know that music is a higher
branden@debian.org                 |    revelation than all wisdom and
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |    philosophy. -- Ludwig van Beethoven

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