[sword-devel] Alkitab Bible Study 2.1-beta2 released

Daniel Owens dhowens at pmbx.net
Wed Dec 17 08:09:10 MST 2008


No license flame wars from me--just wanting to help. I understand the 
GPL issues better having reread the license, but I will stay away from 
that one. Basically it seems that you're better off releasing Alkitab as 
GPL--that way you don't have to contact those nameless authors...


Tonny Kohar wrote:
> Hi,
> On Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 4:09 PM, Peter von Kaehne <refdoc at gmx.net> wrote:
>> Daniel Owens wrote:
>>> Aren't the translations released under the same license as jsword, which
>>> means you don't need to ask permission? I mean, unless the translators
>>> made some effort to apply a different license the contributed
>>> translation is under the same open source license as the rest of the
>>> code, right? Not a lawyer myself, but it makes sense to me.
>> yes, but Tonny is using GPL code (the translations) within a non-GPL
>> application.
>> All translations within JSword are accessible to him without problem -
>> as JSword is under the LGPL.
>> But the existing BD frontend is licensed in a fashion that incorporating
>> into a public domain programme would not be acceptable.
> Yes, exactly as Peter said it is license problem (Alkitab is Public
> Domain, BD is GPL).
> I am not lawyer either, just software developer. And to do that
> legally I need the permission from the copyright owner.
> note: please do not turn this discussion into license flame wars. We
> are all servant of HIM.
> To Peter:
> thanks for the info regarding the german and chinese translation, I
> will try to search (using google, is there any better ways) in
> crosswire/jsword mailing list archive and try to identify those person
> and contact them regarding permission to use their localization. Hope
> I could find them and get their blessing to use their localization
> text in Alkitab Bible Study.
>> If AlKitab as a programme was not licensed as PD, but under the GPL
>> (while Tonny's contributions (99% of the programe text) were separately
>> set as PD the matter were simpler. He could use the stuff without
>> further asking.
> Hmm, this is quite interesting way to do that legally. I will think
> regarding the possibility of this approach.
> Cheers
> Tonny Kohar
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