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Re: GPL version 3 comments

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: GPL version 3 comments
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2006 16:06:17 -0600
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Alfred M. Szmidt writes:
> I.e. you could modify the GPL into being a non-free license, and
> still call it the GPL.

I wrote:
> That does not follow.

Alfred M. Szmidt writes:
> Yes, it does, if and only if you are permited to modify the GPL.  But the
> GPL is licensed under the following terms:

The GPL could be licensed under terms that permitted the distribution of
derivatives provided that the name was changed.

| Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this
| license document, but changing it is not allowed.

> So you cannot modify it, and thus you cannot make a non-free variant of
> the GPL.

One can do so with trivial ease by simply adding an exceptions file.
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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