[sword-devel] Maybe OT, but perhaps relevant

Paul Gear sword at gear.dyndns.org
Fri May 26 23:54:49 MST 2006

Jeff Needle wrote:
> Sword is open source software.  Theoretically you can't charge for it.

That's not true.  You can charge for copies of certain open source
software, especially GPL/LGPL software like Sword.  These sort of
arguments have been done to death on slashdot.org ("Where everyone's a
contract lawyer!"), but you can find everything you need to know at

> I got hoodwinked with a software company called Think Well (they're on
> the web).  They offer 4 cd's for the cost of shipping.  Buried in the
> end user agreement, as far out of sight as they can make it, they
> indicate that only two of the CD's are really free.  If you don't return
> the other two in 30 days, they ding you twenty five bucks for each CD!
> One of the CD's was Sword.  In effect, these guys are selling Sword for
> twenty five bucks.  They're doing the same thing with Open Office.
> Isn't this against the rules?


> Can something be done to stop them?

Tell people about it.
Give CDs away for free.
Tell people where they can download Sword and OpenOffice for free.

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