Copyright of GPL / Canges Allowed?

Axel Schulz axel at
Fri Dec 10 12:34:50 UTC 2004


This is not allowed, of course. Use another license instead.
Besides, I think you are looking for a non-free license, arent't you?

A license is some kind of refernce where everyone can look up the terms of conditions the license imposes to the license-taker. It is a legal document (I am not a lawyer!). You cannot change this document because you do not have the permissions. If you do so, you are not allowed to call it GNU/GPL anymore. It is like change the constitution until it fits your needs/wishes. Well, aou are free to do it. But it has no legal consequences/impact, it is just your own "self-made-constitution".

However, what you intend to do with the GPL is not possible/allowed!


"Kein Ende" schrieb am 10.12.04 13:09:57:
> Hi folks,
> is it allowed to make changes in the GPL down the GPL-Copyright preamble in
> a licence-file?
> Isn't it so, that the GPL guarantees us, that all under this preamble has to
> be free for all?
> Now I want to change the properties so, that anyone who wants to copy,
> distribute oder sell my software, has to ask me before.
> Can I do so, or is this not allowed by GPL?
> 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.
> Preamble
> The licenses for most software are designed to take away your freedom to
> share and change it. By contrast, the GNU General Public License is intended
> to guarantee your freedom to share and change free software--to make sure
> the software is free for all its users.
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