[sword-devel] Maybe OT, but perhaps relevant
jeff.needle at gmail.com
Sat May 27 10:09:24 MST 2006
Hmmm, more to think about.
Thanks for it.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jónatas Ferreira" <jonatas at gmail.com>
To: "SWORD Developers' Collaboration Forum" <sword-devel at crosswire.org>
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 11:59 PM
Subject: Re: [sword-devel] Maybe OT, but perhaps relevant
> Hi Jeff,
> Here's what I think about this subject.
> Being open source software doesn't say a thing about the possibility of
> charging for it. That kind of thing is ruled by the license agreement.
> (The same procedure as for proprietary software.) As far as I know,
> Sword's license is "GPL" with some libraries in "Lesser GPL". These
> licenses are designed to allow you to do whatever you want, except
> transforming open source projects into proprietary software. So you
> always have to provide the source code and allow everyone the same
> license you were given. You can charge for it, if you want. Many
> companies charge for Linux, for instance, of for OpenOffice. This is
> That being said, I think that company may be crossing the line anyway
> because some of the modules used for sword have special licenses due to
> the authorization given by copyright holder that restricts the use of
> those libraries to the sword project and forbids anyone from charging for
> those libraries. If they are doing so, then crosswire should contact them
> and ask them to remove such libraries from their CDs. If some of the
> companies that are allowing the use of their work comes to the knowledge
> of this practice, they may require the removal of the libraries from
> crosswire too. And this would be a huge problem.
> Em 2006/05/27, às 05:38, Jeff Needle escreveu:
>> Sword is open source software. Theoretically you can't charge for it.
>> 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?
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