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Old 10-17-2005, 02:18 PM   #1
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How to get GPL license to my program?


I'm interested how can I get my program under the terms of GPL license? I read the GPL website ( so basically what I know is that I got to write a Copyright line into the beginning of the source and I also got to write the notice in the source. Right? But what I don't exactly understand what does this mean: "each file should have at least the "copyright" line and a pointer to where the full notice is found." What kind of pointer? Like in C language? Or just a message that appears somewhere during program runtime or just simply the notice should be the part of each source file?
Or is it enogh let's say just making a COPYING file and put all the GPL terms in it and the template Copyright notice like usually in the case of linux software sources?

Is that all? I f I'll do all these things then my program has achieved the GPL?


Old 10-17-2005, 04:07 PM   #2
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Just look at the src for any app (e.g. bash), and emulate that. Most have a short header in each file 'This is free software blah blah' and include a copy of the GPL in your package.
Old 10-17-2005, 04:25 PM   #3
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Thanks! I'll check it.



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