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1 GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
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2 Version 2, June 1991
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4 Copyright (C) 1989, 1991 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
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5 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA
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6 Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies
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7 of this license document, but changing it is not allowed.
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9 Preamble
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11 The licenses for most software are designed to take away your
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12 freedom to share and change it. By contrast, the GNU General Public
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13 License is intended to guarantee your freedom to share and change free
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14 software--to make sure the software is free for all its users. This
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15 General Public License applies to most of the Free Software
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16 Foundation's software and to any other program whose authors commit to
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17 using it. (Some other Free Software Foundation software is covered by
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18 the GNU Library General Public License instead.) You can apply it to
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19 your programs, too.
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21 When we speak of free software, we are referring to freedom, not
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22 price. Our General Public Licenses are designed to make sure that you
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24 this service if you wish), that you receive source code or can get it
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25 if you want it, that you can change the software or use pieces of it
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26 in new free programs; and that you know you can do these things.
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30 These restrictions translate to certain responsibilities for you if you
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31 distribute copies of the software, or if you modify it.
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62 0. This License applies to any program or other work which contains
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63 a notice placed by the copyright holder saying it may be distributed
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67 that is to say, a work containing the Program or a portion of it,
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72 Activities other than copying, distribution and modification are not
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