Re: Request for GR: clarifying the license text licensing / freeness issue
On Wed, Apr 18, 2007 at 11:59:21AM +0100, Ian Jackson wrote:
> I disagree with this position. See Fabian Fagerholm's explanation.
> For a strong copyleft licence like the GPL it's particularly
> troublesome if people go around making minor edits: all of that code
> is licence-incompatible with all unedited-GPL code. So the FSF have
> worked to prevent that by using the copyright on their licence text
> and I don't think that's unreasonable.
Actually, that's not what's going on. The FSF clearly state that you may
make edits to the GPL, but that you must then
* remove the preamble
* rename the license to something else (it must not be "GNU General
Public License" anymore, then)
While I have no issue with either and agree with your conclusion anyway,
it's not the same thing as "using copyright on the license to prevent
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