The Common Development and Distribution License
Posted Dec 9, 2004 17:15 UTC (Thu) by iabervon
In reply to: The Common Development and Distribution License
Parent article: The Common Development and Distribution License
That seems to me to refer to making a new license which includes samples from the GPL, not taking the GPL document and clarifying your interpretations of the terms. Also, I can't see any reason to believe the GPL FAQ's idea of what you can do with the terms, aside from the fact that the FAQ is a written document from the owner of the GPL document, so it would probably be considered permission for anything it permits, even if those things wouldn't be permitted otherwise. The GPL document itself states: "Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document, but changing it is not allowed."
Of course, copyright not being patents, you can certainly reverse-engineer the GPL and produce a free equivalent.
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