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WordPress is distributed under an [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source open source] license called the '''GNU General Public License''', or '''GPL'''. The text of the license is distributed with every copy of WordPress, and is also reprinted below. For more information on the GPL and why WordPress uses it, see the [[License]] page or visit the following resources:
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* [http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html GNU General Public License]
 
* [http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html Frequently Asked Questions about the GPL]
 
* [http://www.gnu.org/licenses/translations.html GPL in Other Languages]
 
* [http://www.opensource.org/docs/definition.php The Open Source Definition]
 
 
 
<pre>
 
GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
 
Version 2, June 1991
 
 
Copyright (C) 1989, 1991 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
 
675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
 
Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies
 
of this license document, but changing it is not allowed.
 
 
Preamble
 
 
The licenses for most software are designed to take away your
 
freedom to share and change it. By contrast, the GNU General Public
 
License is intended to guarantee your freedom to share and change free
 
software--to make sure the software is free for all its users. This
 
General Public License applies to most of the Free Software
 
Foundation's software and to any other program whose authors commit to
 
using it. (Some other Free Software Foundation software is covered by
 
the GNU Library General Public License instead.) You can apply it to
 
your programs, too.
 
 
When we speak of free software, we are referring to freedom, not
 
price. Our General Public Licenses are designed to make sure that you
 
have the freedom to distribute copies of free software (and charge for
 
this service if you wish), that you receive source code or can get it
 
if you want it, that you can change the software or use pieces of it
 
in new free programs; and that you know you can do these things.
 
 
To protect your rights, we need to make restrictions that forbid
 
anyone to deny you these rights or to ask you to surrender the rights.
 
These restrictions translate to certain responsibilities for you if you
 
distribute copies of the software, or if you modify it.
 
 
For example, if you distribute copies of such a program, whether
 
gratis or for a fee, you must give the recipients all the rights that
 
you have. You must make sure that they, too, receive or can get the
 
source code. And you must show them these terms so they know their
 
rights.
 
 
We protect your rights with two steps: (1) copyright the software, and
 
(2) offer you this license which gives you legal permission to copy,
 
distribute and/or modify the software.
 
 
Also, for each author's protection and ours, we want to make certain
 
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want its recipients to know that what they have is not the original, so
 
that any problems introduced by others will not reflect on the original
 
authors' reputations.
 
 
Finally, any free program is threatened constantly by software
 
patents. We wish to avoid the danger that redistributors of a free
 
program will individually obtain patent licenses, in effect making the
 
program proprietary. To prevent this, we have made it clear that any
 
patent must be licensed for everyone's free use or not licensed at all.
 
 
The precise terms and conditions for copying, distribution and
 
modification follow.
 
 
GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
 
TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR COPYING, DISTRIBUTION AND MODIFICATION
 
 
0. This License applies to any program or other work which contains
 
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1. You may copy and distribute verbatim copies of the Program's
 
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license would not permit royalty-free redistribution of the Program by
 
all those who receive copies directly or indirectly through you, then
 
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refrain entirely from distribution of the Program.
 
 
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to distribute software through any other system and a licensee cannot
 
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be a consequence of the rest of this License.
 
 
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certain countries either by patents or by copyrighted interfaces, the
 
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may add an explicit geographical distribution limitation excluding
 
those countries, so that distribution is permitted only in or among
 
countries not thus excluded. In such case, this License incorporates
 
the limitation as if written in the body of this License.
 
 
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of the General Public License from time to time. Such new versions will
 
be similar in spirit to the present version, but may differ in detail to
 
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this License, you may choose any version ever published by the Free Software
 
Foundation.
 
 
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of preserving the free status of all derivatives of our free software and
 
of promoting the sharing and reuse of software generally.
 
 
NO WARRANTY
 
 
11. BECAUSE THE PROGRAM IS LICENSED FREE OF CHARGE, THERE IS NO WARRANTY
 
FOR THE PROGRAM, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. EXCEPT WHEN
 
OTHERWISE STATED IN WRITING THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND/OR OTHER PARTIES
 
PROVIDE THE PROGRAM "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED
 
OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
 
MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE ENTIRE RISK AS
 
TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE PROGRAM IS WITH YOU. SHOULD THE
 
PROGRAM PROVE DEFECTIVE, YOU ASSUME THE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING,
 
REPAIR OR CORRECTION.
 
 
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WILL ANY COPYRIGHT HOLDER, OR ANY OTHER PARTY WHO MAY MODIFY AND/OR
 
REDISTRIBUTE THE PROGRAM AS PERMITTED ABOVE, BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR DAMAGES,
 
INCLUDING ANY GENERAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING
 
OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE PROGRAM (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED
 
TO LOSS OF DATA OR DATA BEING RENDERED INACCURATE OR LOSSES SUSTAINED BY
 
YOU OR THIRD PARTIES OR A FAILURE OF THE PROGRAM TO OPERATE WITH ANY OTHER
 
PROGRAMS), EVEN IF SUCH HOLDER OR OTHER PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE
 
POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
 
 
END OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS
 
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