[sword-devel] GPL and other license related questions

Jason Galyon jtgalyon at gmail.com
Sat Jan 26 12:10:29 MST 2008

Chris Little wrote:
> On Jan 25, 2008, at 8:52 PM, Jason Galyon wrote:
>> On that subject
>> Free as in Freedom
>> Is Sword available under a dual license btw?  This probably has  
>> already
>> been answered but I am failing to find it currently.
> Sword and all works based on it, including all frontends, are licensed  
> under the GPL v. 2 only and no other license or version of the GPL.
>> Some believe the GPL to be restrictive and freedom destroying.  What
>> about other open source licenses like the Python license for example?
>> IANAL, but before I start a project I want to make sure I have the
>> freedom to develop open source as I believe is the most beneficial to
>> all.  Has this been answered before?
> The only people who would consider the GPL "freedom destroying" are  
> people who only care about their own freedoms and not those of others  
> (i.e. selfish people). I don't think we care about their interests. We  
> certainly don't have any interest in having our work exploited by the  
> selfish, who would like to exploit our years of work for their own  
> personal, possibly monetary, gain.
> --Chris

This is full of angst and ignorance.  I would expect that of a child but 
not a Christian.  If you can not develop a frontend (for example) in 
whatever OSI approved license you choose then I believe that is one of 
the many reasons why people see the GPL as viral and freedom destroying.

Some look for the good of all and see GPL as not the best method to 
reach those ends.

Again, there are other licenses out there and if you are forced to only 
use GPL then read that again and notice the word "FORCE".  Lets try and 
be civil and take the rhetoric out.
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