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Re: denying rights?

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: denying rights?
Date: Thu, 11 May 2006 07:28:32 -0500
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Bernd Jendrissek writes:
> The text of the GPL forbids modification, doesn't it?  Such a "GPL except
> for X and Y" would be a derivative work, wouldn't it?  Does that mean
> that this project is in violation of the terms of distribution of the GPL
> text?

Not necessarily.  I can put an unaltered copy of the GPL in a file named
"GPL" and then at the top of every other file say:

  "Copyright 2006 John Hasler.  You can redistribute this program and/or
  modify it under the terms of version 2 of the GNU General Public License
  as published by the Free Software Foundation except for X and Y.  A copy
  of the GNU General Public License will be found in the file GPL."
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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