[sword-devel] Is sword going non-gpl or proprietory?

Troy A. Griffitts sword-devel@crosswire.org
Sun, 08 Sep 2002 19:40:30 -0700

Never fear,
	The PURPOSE of CrossWire is to release free opensource code.  A non-GPL 
license issued to a publisher or Bible Society, as an exception, would 
allow them to encorporate pieces of the project into their software 
without making their software GPL.  These are the types of things that 
we cannot do currently if we rely upon other pieces of code (like our 
regex implementation) that don't allow this.

Glenn Reed wrote:
> I read this from the mailing list.		
>>>First it is GPL--this is
>>>the last GPL component in the library.  If it were replaced with
>>>something else, we could license Sword under non-GPL licenses to other
>>>entities (e.g. Bible societies that don't want to deal with GPL's
>>>restrictions) or put it out publicly under a license that we write that
>>>better meets our needs than the GPL.
> My feeling is that the great advantage of sword is that it is GPL.  If it 
> ever went closed source (perhaps due to pressure from certain bible 
> societies??) I would be forced to pursue other options :(
> However, what would happen to the Sword code base already released?
> Kind Regards
> Glenn Reed.