GPLv3's secretive Additional Terms

John Cowan cowan at
Thu Apr 22 17:16:57 UTC 2010

Chris Travers scripsit:

> The question is, can I take, say, FreeBSD, distribute it verbatim
> except for changing the license to the GPL v3?  I don't think so.  

In the general case, no, as I posted before.  But if the license *allows*
you to change the license in a particular way, as the GPLv3 does, then
I think you can change it even on a verbatim copy.

There is also the FSF-blessed approach of adding a trivial hello-world
routine, which creates a technical derivative work.

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