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The GNU General Public License (GPL)Version 2, June 1991Copyright (C) 1989, 1991 Free Software Foundation, Inc.51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USAEveryone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this licensedocument, but changing it is not allowed.PreambleThe licenses for most software are designed to take away your freedom to shareand change it. By contrast, the GNU General Public License is intended toguarantee your freedom to share and change free software--to make sure thesoftware is free for all its users. This General Public License applies tomost of the Free Software Foundation's software and to any other program whoseauthors commit to using it. (Some other Free Software Foundation software iscovered by the GNU Library General Public License instead.) You can apply it toyour programs, too.When we speak of free software, we are referring to freedom, not price. OurGeneral Public Licenses are designed to make sure that you have the freedom todistribute 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 changethe software or use pieces of it in new free programs; and that you know youcan do these things.To protect your rights, we need to make restrictions that forbid anyone to denyyou these rights or to ask you to surrender the rights. These restrictionstranslate to certain responsibilities for you if you distribute copies of thesoftware, or if you modify it.For example, if you distribute copies of such a program, whether gratis or fora fee, you must give the recipients all the rights that you have. You mustmake sure that they, too, receive or can get the source code. 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