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The FSF uses the words lax and permissive to describe licenses which do not have the requirements of the GPL (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html), and describe the GPL as a copyleft license. If you want to describe the GPL with a word that is not "copyleft", I guess you would use some word opposite to lax and permissive, like restrictive. So it would only be restrictive relative to the permissive licenses, but in that context, it is restrictive, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Though personally I prefer to describe it as "strict".



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