Joomla! License Guidelines

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What license does Joomla! use?

The GNU General Public License Version 2 or later. http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/gpl-2.0.html
Within the context of this FAQ, "GNU GPL" and "GPL" refer to the GNU General Public License Version 2.

What is the difference between the GPL and the LGPL?

The GNU GPL is intended to be used for applications whereas the GNU LGPL is intended to be used for application libraries. The Joomla! Content Management System is an entire application that utilizes a multitude of libraries, both GPL and LGPL (as well as with other GPL compatible licenses), and thus is licensed under the GPL license.

Where can I read more about the license?

The GNU General Public License: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/gpl-2.0.html
The GNU GPL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/gpl-2.0-faq.html
The philosophy behind the GNU: http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/

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