GNU General Public License

The GNU General Public License (GNU GPL or GPL) is a widely uised free saftware license, which guarantees end uisers the freedom tae run, study, share an modify the saftware.[6] The license wis oreeginally written bi Richard Stallman o the Free Software Foundation (FSF) for the GNU Project, an grants the recipients o a computer program the richts o the Free Software Definition.[7] The GPL is a copyleft license, which means that derivative wirk can anly be distributit unner the same license terms. This is in distinction tae permissive free saftware licenses, o which the BSD licenses an the MIT License are widely uised examples. GPL wis the first copyleft license for general uise.

GNU General Public License
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AuthorRichard Stallman
Latest version3
PublisherFree Software Foundation
Published29 Juin 2007
DFSG compatibleYes[1]
FSF approvedYes[2]
OSI approvedYes[3]
Airtin frae code wi a different licenseNa (except for saftware licensed unner GPLv3 compatible licenses)[5]


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  3. "Licenses by Name". Open Source Initiative. Retrieved 10 December 2009.
  4. "Copyleft: Pragmatic Idealism – Free Software Foundation". Free Software Foundation. Retrieved 10 December 2009.
  5. "If a library is released under the GPL (not the LGPL)". Free Software Foundation.
  6. "Top 20 licenses". Black Duck Software. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 1. MIT license 24%, 2. GNU General Public License (GPL) 2.0 23%, 3. Apache License 16%, 4. GNU General Public License (GPL) 3.0 9%, 5. BSD License 2.0 (3-clause, New or Revised) License 6%, 6. GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) 2.1 5%, 7. Artistic License (Perl) 4%, 8. GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) 3.0 2%, 9. Microsoft Public License 2%, 10. Eclipse Public License (EPL) 2%
  7. GPL FAQ: Does using the GPL for a program make it GNU Software?