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Re: public domain vs GPL


From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: public domain vs GPL
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2008 09:28:45 -0500
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Jerry writes:
> It says:
> "Public domain material is compatible with the GNU GPL."

> What does that mean?

It means that works distributed under the GPL can be combined with works in
the public domain and the result distributed under the GPL without
violating the GPL.  This is an obvious consequence of the fact that there
are no restrictions at all on public domain works.

> Does it mean that the GPL can be put on a modified version of a public
> domain program?

That too (it's really the same thing).
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John Hasler 
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