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Re: Request for GR: clarifying the license text licensing / freeness issue

"Anthony W. Youngman" <debian@thewolery.demon.co.uk> writes:

> Where a licence text accompanies a package it must, as a matter of
> law, be unchangeable.

This would hold even if the license on the GPL document permitted any
kind of modification. Those modifications would not change the license
terms under which the package was received.

The discussion is regarding the distribution, in Debian, of works --
the license texts -- under terms that do not meet the DFSG. The
guidelines don't require that license *terms* be mutable by the
recipient, but they do require that the *work* be modifiable and
re-distributable by the Debian project and any recipients of Debian.

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Ben Finney

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