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GNU General Public License

GNU General Public License
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NameGNU General Public License
CaptionGNU GPLv3 Logo
AuthorFree Software Foundation
CopyrightFree Software Foundation, Inc.
DateJune 29, 2007
OSI ApprovedYes
Debian ApprovedYes
Free SoftwareYes
LinkingNo (except for linking GNU AGPLv3 with GNU GPLv3 � see section)

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The GNU General Public License (GNU GPL or simply GPL) is the most widely used free software license, originally written by Richard Stallman for the GNU project.

The GPL is the first copyleft license for general use, which means that derived works can only be distributed under the same license terms. Under this philosophy, the GPL grants the recipients of a computer program the rights of the free software definition and uses copyleft to ensure the freedoms are preserved, even when the work is changed or added to. This is in distinction to permissive free software licenses, of which the BSD licenses are the standard examples.

The text of the GPL is not itself under the GPL. The license's copyright disallows modification of the license. Copying and distributing the license is allowed since the GPL requires recipients get "a copy of this License along with the Program". According to the GPL FAQ, anyone can make a new license using a modified version of the GPL as long as he or she uses a different name for the license, doesn't mention "GNU", and removes the preamble, though the preamble can be used in a modified license if permission to use it is obtained from the Free Software Foundation (FSF).

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American software freedom activist Richard Stallman, better known as the author of GNU General Public License, joined RT to give his comments on modern software copyright laws, and the risks of cyber sneaking.
10.37 min. | 4.82 user rating
Drupal is a free and open source content management system (CMS) written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License.It is used as a back-end system for at least 1% of all websites worldwide ranging from personal blogs to larger corporate and political sites including and It is also used for knowledge management and business collaboration. The standard release of Drupal, known as Drupal core, contains basic features common to most CMSs. These include user account registration and maintenance, menu management, RSS-feeds, page layout customization, and system administration. The Drupal core installation can be used as a brochureware website, a single- or multi-user blog, an Internet forum, or a community website providing for user-generated content. Over 6800 (as of October 23, 2010) free community-contributed addons, known as contrib modules, are available to alter and extend Drupal's core capabilities and add new features or customize Drupal's behavior and appearance. Because of this plug-in extensibility and modular design, Drupal is sometimes described as a content management framework.Drupal is also described as a web application framework, as it meets the generally accepted feature requirements for such frameworks. Although Drupal offers a sophisticated programming interface for developers, no programming skills are required for basic website installation and administration. Drupal runs on any computing platform that <b>...</b>
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A video of my homebrew GBA pipe maze demo in action. I alter the behavior of the program using certain button presses. Demo available for download at and is released under the GNU General Public License.
3.18 min. | 5.0 user rating
A rant about why I don't often like to release software under the GNU General Public License.
3.77 min. | 0 user rating
Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project, main author of the "GNU General Public License", and dedicated software freedom activist visited Seton Hall University on April 19. Dr. Stallman will gave a talk entitled "Copyright vs. Community in the Age of Computer Networks". The talk was geared towards the general public and anyone interested in civil liberties, copyright, social issues, and other related issues should find it very interesting. Sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA).
105.07 min. | 0 user rating
Copyright, Copyleft and the Creative Anti-Commons, by Anna Nimus, 2006 1. A Genealogy of Authors' Property Rights 2. Intellectual Property as Fraud 3. The Revolt against Intellectual Property (in 2 parts) 4. The Creative Anti-Commons Compromise Playlist: Text:...
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This program checks from the serial port, if arriving the char 'm', in this case it starts playing to a beautiful irish song from the speaker and lighting up a LED. It also prints via serial the current value of the bytes. Perldoc descrition: This is just a Perl script which check in the Gmail mail-box for new e-mail, if exists new mail, it prints the number of the mails in the terminal and sends to the serial port a char. The serial comunication was made just because this script should work with an Arduino (open source prototyping platform), and comunicating with it via serial mode. The script allows you to save the credentials of a gmail account, in a txt file created in the local path. Here scheme: Source code on:
0.67 min. | 5.0 user rating
Copyright, Copyleft and the Creative Anti-Commons, by Anna Nimus, 2006 1. A Genealogy of Authors' Property Rights 2. Intellectual Property as Fraud 3. The Revolt against Intellectual Property (in 2 parts) 4. The Creative Anti-Commons Compromise Playlist: Text:...
12.00 min. | 0 user rating
Richard Stallman parla del software libero presso l'Università del Salento.
154.67 min. | 4.73 user rating
O absurdo dos direitos autorais - Poderá fechar rádios, e baixar a audiência das TVs, baixando os lucros das TVs.
2.25 min. | 1.0 user rating

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