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Re: If DFSG apply to non-software, is GPL*L* incompatible with DFSG?

On Sat, 28 Feb 2004, Walter Landry wrote:
> Actually, you are allowed to modify the license terms.  You are just
> not allowed to modify the preamble.
>   http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#ModifyGPL

Not quite. There are two answers to this FAQ question on gnu.org, both
in opposition to eachother.

The other is:

     Can I omit the preamble of the GPL, or the instructions for how
     to use it on your own programs, to save space?
     The preamble and instructions are integral parts of the GNU GPL
     and may not be omitted. In fact, the GPL is copyrighted, and its
     license permits only verbatim copying of the entire GPL. (You can
     use the legal terms to make another license but it won't be the
     GNU GPL.)

Regardless, our standard tack should be that licences and copyright
statements applied directly to a work need not be DFSG Free. However,
licenses and copyright statement like documents included that are not
specifically executed by a work in Debian need to be DFSG free.

[I bludgeoned this tack a bit on -vote about a month ago: 

Don Armstrong

Miracles had become relative common-places since the advent of
entheogens; it now took very unusual circumstances to attract public
attention to sightings of supernatural entities. The latest miracle
had raised the ante on the supernatural: the Virgin Mary had
manifested herself to two children, a dog, and a Public Telepresence

-- Bruce Sterling, _Holy Fire_ p228


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