[sword-devel] Copyright warning

Don A. Elbourne Jr. sword-devel@crosswire.org
Wed, 13 Feb 2002 16:02:58 -0600


You are correct, I am one of those that skipped right over reading the
license. :) I guess I ought to read it.

One of the things I would like to do, once the general book thing gets
implemented is to select several good PD works, brand it somehow, perhaps
with a custom splash screen, burn a ton of CDs and distribute them through
our church. Is something like that allowable in the license agreement?
Because if so, I think that would really be cool.

Don A. Elbourne Jr.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jerry Hastings" <hastings@dancris.com>
To: <sword-devel@crosswire.org>; <sword-devel@crosswire.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2002 3:30 PM
Subject: Re: [sword-devel] Copyright warning

> I like your generous warning, Don. However, one can not reproduce or
> distribute a GPL work in a proprietary form. So it would be good if
> distributable under the GNU public license" would clearly convey the idea
> of complying with the terms of the license. The license is shown in a
> scrollable window in next screen. But most people probably just skip it
> without scrolling.
> There is another issue. If this only applied to the program and not the
> modules, things are simple. But if the program and modules are being
> installed together, one may think that the GPL applies to program and
> modules. However, modules are a problem. Some have no license, such as the
> locked ones, big problem. Some are PD, no problem. Some are licensed as
> non-commercial use only. There is even one module that combines PD
> with portions licensed for non-commercial use only.
> Anybody have an idea for addressing that?
> One thought would be to add something to the warning message we have been
> discussing, to indicate that the modules carry various licenses and that
> terms for copying and distributing vary from license to license.
> Jerry
> At 02:25 PM 2/13/2002 -0600, Don A. Elbourne Jr. wrote:
> >Am I missing something? I thought the thing was free to distribute under
> >GNU license or whatever it is called. How about something like this:
> >
> >--------------------
> >WARNING: This program is freely distributable under the GNU public
> >Encouraged reproduction or distribution of this program, or any portions
> >of it, may result in the spreading of God's Word unto the uttermost parts
> >the earth.
> >--------------------
> >
> >
> >by grace alone,
> >
> >Don A. Elbourne Jr.
> >http://elbourne.org