[sword-devel] GPL and other license related questions
chrislit at crosswire.org
Sat Jan 26 15:30:27 MST 2008
On Jan 26, 2008, at 11:10 AM, Jason Galyon wrote:
> This is full of angst and ignorance. I would expect that of a child
> 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
> 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
> use GPL then read that again and notice the word "FORCE". Lets try
> be civil and take the rhetoric out.
Um, name calling isn't welcome.
Your thoughts about how a Bible library should be licensed are fine,
and you're certainly welcome to license YOUR libraries and GUIs and
tools and whatnots however you like, using whatever reasoning you
choose to employ. But Sword is GPL, and it's really not up for
discussion. We've incorporated FSF and other GPL software, so it's not
even just an issue of relicensing.
The fact is, our license has never been a hinderance to legitimate
development interests, to my knowledge. That is to say, it's never
prevented the development of anything due to a license conflict. If it
were to do so, I'm sure we would consider special exceptions.
The GPL is viral. It does force people to use the GPL for work that
incorporates GPL works. That's not a limitation on freedom. You're
still free to use something else. But if you want the benefit of OUR
work, you have to play by those rules and you have to give others the
same freedoms to use your derivative work as you have been given to
If you want to spit rhetoric back and forth until you're blue in the
face about how the GPL limits freedom or how capitalism is evil (since
you're the only one who has mentioned that), it's still not going to
change our licensing. GPL has served us well over the decades.
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