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Re: GNU licenses

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: GNU licenses
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2006 13:08:25 +0200 (CEST)

   But I don't know _WHY_ the license is made this way, WHAT is the
   motivation for requiring people to make all their original work
   "free" if they use the "free" code. Could you explain? More
   detailed than "it's needed" or "it works".

I suggest that you read the following documents:

Infact, most of the essays at are also
worth reading.

The short story is that the license was made this way so that _all_
users get the right to run, study, redistribute, and improve the
program.  Not just the first recipient, but also subsequent recipents.
That is, you can't deny my rights, nor can I deny yours.

Please stop confusing GNU with software licensed under the GNU GPL, or
the Lesser GPL.  They are not the same thing.  GNU is a operating
system, the GNU GPL and Lesser GPL are legal documents.

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