it is freely useable. Not redistributable but freely customizable as long as you credit the source. So that means you can use it, mod it and link it just dont strip it of copyrights or resell it
pardon any spelling errors at 2am i no longer care
I don't mean to stir up any trouble transitbus, but you cannot restrict GPL software in the manner you are stating (redistributing and reselling). Take the following section from the GPL:
When we speak of free software, we are referring to freedom, not
price. Our General Public Licenses are designed to make sure that you
have the freedom to distribute copies of free software (and charge for
this service if you wish), that you receive source code or can get it
if you want it, that you can change the software or use pieces of it
in new free programs; and that you know you can do these things.
To protect your rights, we need to make restrictions that forbid
anyone to deny you these rights or to ask you to surrender the rights.
One of the great things about the GPL is that you are guaranteed the right to redistribute the software (and you guarantee everyone else that same right as well). I am not looking to step on any toes, as I am a huge supporter of this community. That said, I still think it is equally important to uphold the sanctity of the GPL.
If the development team does not want this software to be redistributed or resold, I support them. However, under the GPL (which is the current license), anyone has a right to do it if they so choose. Therefore, to stop distribution of their software, phpBB would need to be licensed under something other than the GPL (as the GPL states you may not modify or ammend its terms).
Again, I am not looking to upset anyone, but I think that issue needs to be clarified. The GPL states that all users must be well informed of their rights. If we start deviating from that, all of the wonderful open source applications we have today would suffer.