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SubjectRe: Article: IBM wants to "clean up the license" of Linux
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Jeff Epler <jepler@inetnebr.com> said:
> On Tue, Dec 29, 1998 at 05:35:39PM -0500, C S Hendrix wrote:
> > I didn't know you could custom-tailor the GPL to your uses.

> You can't.

> | GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
> | Version 2, June 1991
> |
> | Copyright (C) 1989, 1991 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
> | 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
> | Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies
> | of this license document, but changing it is not allowed.
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

This means that you can't change it and claim it's the GPL. If you want to
get it and create a JPL out of it, I'd assume you have to (a) be curteous
and ask the FSF if you can use their wording, and (b) get somebody in the
know (a lawyer experienced in copyright matters) look it over.

Why not take this matter to news:gnu.misc.discuss, where it belongs?
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