[sword-devel] Releasing application under sword GNU public license

Troy A. Griffitts scribe at crosswire.org
Sun Sep 16 23:48:44 MST 2007

Dear mmital,

Thank you for your work!  The GNU GPL is a popular open source license, 
so you may wish to read up on what it requires before you decide to 
whether or not you can live with the licenses, but you basically have it 
right: the source code must be made available, so that if your users 
wish to improve the software, they may do so-- provided they also 
release the source code of their improvement, ad. inf.  Basically, it's 
just a way to let projects remain open and growing.

I hope we can share together in work for our Lord.  Now that you've used 
the engine, I'm sure you would love to have it improved in many ways! :)

Serving together,


mmital wrote:
> Hello,
> I am intersted in furthering the development of bible application that I 
> orginally developed without using the sword API.
> After I discovered the sword project, I am using the sword engine API to 
> drive the software.
> Although application is completely free of charge, I recently discovered 
> that sword license requires that "the source code is made freely 
> available for the software and any derivitive is also released under the 
> GNU General Public License".
> Where can I upload the source code so that my application can comply 
> with your license agreement?
> Are there any other copyright issues in distributing an application 
> based on sword API? If so, I am willing to take the application offline 
> and revert to the old non-sword system.
> The application is currently called eBible and located at 
> www.swordwarrior.net <http://www.swordwarrior.net>. The name of the 
> application will be changed soon since it conflicts with software by 
> Thomas Nelson Ministry, and also conflicts with the software provided by 
> http://www.lakessoftware.com/eBible.htm
> Thanks,
> mmital
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