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Is it legal to quote extracts from the GNU GPLv3 license (which is licensed by the GNU GPLv3 license) on the Stack Exchange network?

  • Do you mean quoting extracts from content licensed under GPLv3? – unor Oct 8 '16 at 9:12
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    @unor I mean a quote from the actual license, which is licensed under GPLv3 – Amani Kilumanga Oct 8 '16 at 9:15
  • It becomes CC-BY-SA no more than a quote from a book or law code does. Wouldn't this fall under fair use? – aidanh010 Oct 8 '16 at 15:05
  • @bithakr I'm not 100% clear on the definition of fair use, but it sounds reasonable – Amani Kilumanga Oct 8 '16 at 15:11

Yes, to the same extent that it is legal to quote extracts from any text without an explicit license to do so. If the usage of the excerpt qualifies as fair use, it can be done without a license.

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