[sword-devel] GPL and other license related questions

Jason Galyon jtgalyon at gmail.com
Sat Jan 26 12:12:02 MST 2008

Eeli Kaikkonen wrote:
> On Fri, 25 Jan 2008, 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.
>> 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 licence issues have been discussed many times before; so many that
> it is impossible to give one reference or brief explanation. I think you
> should search for "sword-devel" with "licence" or "license" or "GPL".
> One important point for this project is that if the engine would have a
> non-restrictive licence it could lead to many closed-source projects
> taking advantage of it, giving nothing in return and finally destroying
> our purpose. Personally I don't like GPL very much but looking at this
> project and other Bible software projects (non-Free) I have come to the
> conclusion that this is very much a valid point of view for this
> specific project. Note also that my general preferences for Open Source
> against closed source (and even against Free Software) may be even a bit
> more "philosophical" than of some other Crosswire affiliates, and yet I
> have come to this practical conclusion.
So practically, If I write a front end or a server app that dishes out 
the digested content through say,  Rest Interface then am I forced to 
use GPL for both the server and the client or would this just be the 
server since it interfaces directly with a sword based lib/app?
>   Yours,
> 	Eeli Kaikkonen (Mr.), Oulu, Finland
> 	e-mail: eekaikko at mailx.studentx.oulux.fix (with no x)
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