[License-discuss] GPL linking exceptions

Chris Travers chris at metatrontech.com
Fri Jul 6 01:42:00 UTC 2012

On Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 6:39 PM, Bruce Perens <bruce at perens.com> wrote:
> On 07/05/2012 06:30 PM, Chris Travers wrote:
>> Generally RMS seems to think this is not permissible, and most other
>> people outside the FSF don't listen.
> It is not permissible to modify the GPL text directly. That restriction has
> teeth. However, I can't think of a legal mechanism that could be applied to
> prevent exceptions to the GPL that are in separate text.
> It would be different if there were contractual restrictions connected with
> the use of the GPL text. But there are none.

This is true.   I would normally put such additional permissions as
part of the copyright header,.

Best Wishes,
Chris Travers

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