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From: Richard M. Stallman
Subject: www/licenses gpl-faq.html
Date: Sat, 06 Oct 2012 15:34:52 +0000

CVSROOT:        /web/www
Module name:    www
Changes by:     Richard M. Stallman <rms>       12/10/06 15:34:52

Modified files:
        licenses       : gpl-faq.html 

Log message:
        (ModifyGPL): Explain why modified versions of the GPL cause trouble.

CVSWeb URLs:
http://web.cvs.savannah.gnu.org/viewcvs/www/licenses/gpl-faq.html?cvsroot=www&r1=1.180&r2=1.181

Patches:
Index: gpl-faq.html
===================================================================
RCS file: /web/www/www/licenses/gpl-faq.html,v
retrieving revision 1.180
retrieving revision 1.181
diff -u -b -r1.180 -r1.181
--- gpl-faq.html        21 Sep 2012 10:44:18 -0000      1.180
+++ gpl-faq.html        6 Oct 2012 15:34:52 -0000       1.181
@@ -1775,7 +1775,11 @@
  <span class="anchor-reference-id">(<a href="#ModifyGPL"
  >#ModifyGPL</a>)</span></dt>
 <dd><p>
-You can use the GPL terms (possibly modified) in another license
+It is possible to make modified versions of the GPL, but it
+tends to have practical consequences.</p>
+
+<p>
+You can legally use the GPL terms (possibly modified) in another license
 provided that you call your license by another name and do not include
 the GPL preamble, and provided you modify the instructions-for-use at
 the end enough to make it clearly different in wording and not mention
@@ -1791,7 +1795,10 @@
 a modified license is almost certainly <a href="#WhatIsCompatible">
 incompatible with the GNU GPL</a>, and that incompatibility blocks
 useful combinations of modules.  The mere proliferation of different
-free software licenses is a burden in and of itself.</p></dd>
+free software licenses is a burden in and of itself.</p>
+
+<p>Rather than modifying the GPL, please use the exception mechanism
+offered by GPL version 3.</p></dd>
 
 
 <dt id="GPLCommercially">If I use a
@@ -3578,7 +3585,7 @@
 <p>
 Updated:
 <!-- timestamp start -->
-$Date: 2012/09/21 10:44:18 $
+$Date: 2012/10/06 15:34:52 $
 <!-- timestamp end -->
 </p>
 </div>



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