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Institute for Legal Questions on Free and Open Source Software

What rights can be acquired by the GPL?

Like all open source licenses, the GPLv2 grants the right to copy the program, modify it, and distribute it in an unchanged or changed version (→ How can I use open source software?). This includes both the online offer and the offline distribution. In terms of copyright, this involves the granting of simple (“non-exclusive”) rights of use unrestricted by time or place.
 
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