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License of the GPL license


this question might be trivial, but I just realized that the GPL license
is itself licensed under a license that technically does not appear to
be DFSG compliant:

> $ head -n 6 /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL
>                     GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
>                        Version 3, 29 June 2007
>  Copyright (C) 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc. <http://fsf.org/>
>  Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies
>  of this license document, but changing it is not allowed.

"Changing is not allowed" is in conflict with DFSG #3. Has this thing
ever been discussed?

Note that I do not want to challenge the GPL or its usage in Debian. It
is only that I just realized that at this point we are contradicting
ourselves (because we distribute copies of the GPL in main, and actually
in an essential package).

What do people think about this issue?

Thanks and all the best, Giovanni.
Giovanni Mascellani <g.mascellani@gmail.com>
Postdoc researcher - Université Libre de Bruxelles

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