[sword-devel] Fwd: GPL and other license related questions

Chris Little chrislit at crosswire.org
Sat Jan 26 17:10:56 MST 2008

[Forwarding message per request. Sorry, I can't advise how to fix the  
sending problem. --Chris]

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> From: Moses McKnight <moses at mcknightinstruments.com>
> Date: January 26, 2008 3:59:22 PM PST
> To: chrislit at crosswire.org
> Subject: Re: [sword-devel] GPL and other license related questions
> Hey Chris, I tried to send this to the list but it bounced with the
> following error:
> Diagnostic-Code: X-Postfix; host mail.crosswire.org[]  
> said:
>    550-Verification failed for <moses at skytex.net> 550-Unrouteable
> address 550
>    Sender verify failed (in reply to RCPT TO command)
> Can you send it for me?  Or tell me what I need to do to send it?
> Thanks,
> Moses
> Jason Galyon wrote:
>> Chris Little wrote:
>>> 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.
> I personally don't see the angst in Chris' post.  As for his  
> argument I
> don't want to put words in his mouth but let me expand on it a little.
> The reason he can rightfully say that the people who would consider  
> the
> GPL "freedom destroying" are selfish and care only about their own
> freedoms is this: They think they should have the right (freedom) to  
> use
> someone else's software (time and labor) without recompense or
> restriction, but the people who wrote the software should not have the
> right or freedom to receive a recompense or place a restriction on  
> their
> work.  This is the essence of slavery - someone else getting to use  
> your
> time and labor any way want without recompense.
> Furthermore, to call the GPL viral is a misnomer at best and really
> indicative of the selfish attitude mentioned above.  If you don't like
> the license, don't use the software licensed that way.  Quite simple.
> Nothing "forces" you to use the software.  Your software is completely
> unaffected by the GPL if you don't use GPL software in it, and the GPL
> cannot possibly "infect" your software.  You must purposely use GPL
> software in your software in order to affected by it, therefore the  
> cannot be accurately called a "virus".  To do so is what I would  
> expect
> of a child and not a Christian :-)  I would also say that the only
> people I have seen that call the GPL a virus and freedom destroying  
> are
> either companies or individuals who want to use GPL software in their
> own commercial software and don't like the license.
>> Some look for the good of all and see GPL as not the best method to  
>> reach those ends.
> You may not intend to but the way this is worded gives the subtle
> implication that those who use the GPL are not looking for the good  
> of all.
>> 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.
> As I mentioned above, no one is "forcing" anyone to use the GPL.  If  
> you
> don't like it, don't use the software.  No one is "forcing" you to use
> the software either.  That's some of the rhetoric you mention...
> Moses

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