[sword-devel] GPL 3 licencing issues

Troy A. Griffitts scribe at crosswire.org
Mon Jul 16 16:08:15 MST 2007

Well,  because we have to answer the support emails, e.g. "I purchases your
software and it doesn't work" from many unfortunate ThinkAll consumers. 
Though I agree with Chris that we likely only want to add restrictions to
BibleCS if do decide to go that route.

Eeli Kaikkonen <eekaikko at mail.student.oulu.fi> wrote: 
>On Mon, 16 Jul 2007, Chris Little wrote:
>> Whether the license would still result in free software would depend on
>> the actual license terms. Of the three examples I listed, only the
>> second, if written as an explicit prohibition on the "freedom" to embed
>> adware, would result in non-free software. The others are entirely
>> permissible in free software, at least as defined by Debian.
>> I think I'd also add a requirement that distributors notify users that
>> the software is free and include attribution and a link to CrossWire.
>These terms (except the second one), or something like these, seem to be
>possible under GPL 3 (see section 7). I strongly advice against anything
>which is incompatible with GPL.
>I cannot be sure but I think that someone who is willing to circumvent
>the GPL 2 or 3 licence would do the same thing with any licence as long
>as the source code is available and he can modify the program.
>Usually extra restrictions and rules hurt only those who obey the rules,
>not those who break them.
>Also, Rom. 12:19-20.
>Any of us don't actually loose anything even if someone sells our
>software illegally. Why should we then be bitter when we know that he is
>responsible in front of God the Judge?
>  Yours,
>        Eeli Kaikkonen (Mr.), Oulu, Finland
>        e-mail: eekaikko at mailx.studentx.oulux.fix (with no x)
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