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Why is the GPL itself unmodifiable? [duplicate]

I noticed today that the GPL has a copyright notice that reserves copyright AND disallows modification: Copyright © 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc. http://fsf.org/ Everyone is permitted to ...
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Creating a new open source License based off of the GPL? [duplicate]

Hey suppose I would like to create a new modification of the GPL 3.0 license, would I be allowed to copy the GPL, modify it, and then rename it to something else? I.e. is the GPL license itself open ...
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Is GPL “for research purposes only” self-contradictory?

So I used a piece of software which claims to be open source and is licensed under "GPL for research purposes only". As far as I know, GPL 2 and 3 are not themselves free, in sense that you can't ...
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How do I license, “Use my code as per the GNU GPL, but don't put it on GitHub”

I recently received a "surprise" email asking a question about one of my GPL'ed projects, and referring to code downloaded from https://github.com/icaoberg/mimetex/ That was the first I ever heard ...
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Can I create my own license by modifying an existing one?

I'm taking the following Stack Overflow question and its answers into consideration: Can you create your one software license? My question here however is not creating a completely new license from ...
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Is it permitted to prohibit a certain individual from using software that's under the AGPL license?

I recently found an open-source class library that declares that it "has the permission to prohibit a certain individual from using it" and I can't stop wondering if I published an open-...
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Pacifist copyleft-like partially-open-source license [closed]

I'd like a license restricting use to non-military projects, but otherwise just like the GNU GPL. (There is obviously no point in making a permissive license like that, because editing a comment is ...
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Extend GPL to be informed in case of derivative work

I understand that any work that is based on work licensed under GPL must also be released under GPL. However, it does not require contacting original authors about the fact that a derivative work has ...
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If a library is LGPL licensed, can the creator impose additional usage limits?

Example: A programmer produces a library. They release that library under the LGPL and provide full source code. The programmer wants to monetize their product as well. Rather than offering a "pro" ...
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Copied and modified amalgamation of GPL, Creative Commons, MIT, etc?

Let's say that there are aspects of the GPL, one of the Creative Commons, and MIT licenses that I want to use for a project. Do any of those licenses restrict me from copying the contents of the ...
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How do I specify particular “source code” for a non-software GPL'd work?

Reading this GPL FAQ item on non-software works: You can apply the GPL to any kind of work, as long as it is clear what constitutes the “source code” for the work. It says that it must be "clear ...
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Modified Version of the (A)GPL [closed]

I'm trying to make a dual-license source-available software that allows copying of the software for the sole purpose of contributing to the original software, with the exception of the copyright ...