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Re: GPL violates DFSG point 3

On 06/01/2006 01:11:45 AM, Ken Arromdee wrote:
On Thu, 1 Jun 2006, Ben Finney wrote:
> > It occurs to me that the GPL itself violates section 3 of the
> > it cannot be freely modified.  (See:
> A useful summary of the position of debian-legal on this point is
>     <URL:http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/02/msg00290.html>

That summary doesn't consider the possibility that someone might want
modify the license for some purpose other than licensing the software
to which
it's currently attached.

That summary can justify certain limitations on license texts, such as
it clear that the revised license isn't being applied to something you
have permission to relicense.  But it doesn't justify allowing

The GPL is not "completely unmodifiable", you just have limitations
on how you may modify it and still use it as a license.

Karl <kop@meme.com>
Free Software:  "You don't pay back, you pay forward."
                 -- Robert A. Heinlein

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