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 for General Public License
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  General Public License
  GNU General Public License
  
      (GPL, note US spelling) The licence applied to most
     software from the Free Software Foundation and the GNU
     project and other authors who choose to use it.
  
     The licences for most software are designed to prevent users
     from sharing or changing it.  By contrast, the GNU General
     Public License is intended to guarantee the freedom to share
     and change free software - to make sure the software is free
     for all its users.  The GPL is designed to make sure that
     anyone can distribute copies of free software (and charge for
     this service if they wish); that they receive source code or
     can get it if they want; that they can change the software or
     use pieces of it in new free programs; and that they know they
     can do these things.  The GPL forbids anyone to deny others
     these rights or to ask them to surrender the rights.  These
     restrictions translate to certain responsibilities for those
     who distribute copies of the software or modify it.
  
     See also General Public Virus.
  
     (1994-10-27)
  

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