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Wiktionary

  1. copyleftnoun

    A copyleft license.

    Etymology: Pun on copyright.

  2. copyleftverb

    To license under a copyleft license.

    Linus Torvalds copylefted the Linux kernel.

    Etymology: Pun on copyright.

Freebase

  1. Copyleft

    Copyleft is the practice of using copyright law to offer the right to distribute copies and modified versions of a work and requiring that the same rights be preserved in modified versions of the work. In other words, copyleft is a general method for making a program free, and requiring all modified and extended versions of the program to be free as well. Here, 'free' does not necessarily mean free of charge, but free as in freely available to be modified. Copyleft is a form of licensing and can be used to maintain copyright conditions for works such as computer software, documents, and art. In general, copyright law is used by an author to prohibit recipients from reproducing, adapting, or distributing copies of the work. In contrast, under copyleft, an author may give every person who receives a copy of a work permission to reproduce, adapt or distribute it and require that any resulting copies or adaptations are also bound by the same licensing agreement. Copyleft licenses require that information necessary for reproducing and modifying the work must be made available to recipients of the executable. The source code files will usually contain a copy of the license terms and acknowledge the author.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. copyleft

    [play on copyright] 1. The copyright notice (‘General Public License’) carried by GNU EMACS and other Free Software Foundation software, granting reuse and reproduction rights to all comers (but see also General Public Virus). 2. By extension, any copyright notice intended to achieve similar aims.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of copyleft in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of copyleft in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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