The Jargon File


General Pubic Licence, named after the hairs in a man's genitalia.

Open Source is a gift culture, but sometimes, you want to attach terms to it - like when you're a man in a relationship.  You buy your girlfriend a new TV, then when you split up, you smash up her house and steal her car until she gives it back to you.

The GPL allows you to give somebody a "gift" while secretly including conditions with it.
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