Re: GPL preamble removal
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cc: email@example.com
- Subject: Re: GPL preamble removal
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Brian T. Sniffen)
- Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2003 09:11:57 -0400
- Message-id: <email@example.com.>
- In-reply-to: <20030919235637.549DC44185@doctormoo> (Nathanael Nerode's message of "Fri, 19 Sep 2003 19:56:37 -0400")
- References: <20030919235637.549DC44185@doctormoo>
Nathanael Nerode <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Brian T. Sniffen wrote:
>>OK. I have a copy of Emacs here, licensed to me under the GNU GPL2.
>>I have made some modifications to it, and updated the changelogs and
>>history notes. I wish to give it to a friend. Section 2b requires
>>that I distribute my new program, Sniffmacs, "under the terms of this
>>License," GPL2. Can I give my friend Sniffmacs, together with the
>>"Terms and Conditions" section of the GPL, retitled as "Sniffen GPL"?
>>As far as I can tell, this meets the requirements for creating a new
>>license based on the GPL, and meets the requirements for distributing
> Keith Dunwoody wrote:
>>I believe the answer is no. The appropriate part of the GPL is section 2b.
> Keith is wrong; the appropriate part is actually section 1.
> "...and give any other recipients of the Program a copy of this License
> along with the Program."
> In this context, "this License" means the unmodified text of the GNU GPL,
> presumably including the preamble; there really isn't any other
> interpretation. So you can distrbitute Sniffmacs under the Sniffen GPL, but
> you have to distribute a copy of the original GNU GPL with it, kind of
> defeating the purpose...
Thanks for the response -- I hadn't noticed that phrasing before.
But if I give *you* a copy of Sniffmacs under the Sniffen GPL,
wouldn't you then be bound only to give others the SGPL, not the GGPL
with its Preamble?