[sword-devel] CDEarth GPL violation

Chris Little chrislit at crosswire.org
Thu Mar 27 00:47:50 MST 2008

I found a nifty little EULA that comes with the CD Earth software. I 
haven't seen this before, so I assume it's not linked to anywhere, just 
loaded directly from their installer. This is the only license agreement 
they provide, no explicit mentions of GPL unless the software itself 
mentions it in some way. (For example, the Windows Sword installer gives 
the GPL and their installer appears to be unchanged from ours.)

Here's the link: http://www.cdearth.com/license_agreement.html

It's sort of laughable because it makes the assertions that CD Earth 
doesn't actually own any software, they're not selling software (just 
licensing it to you), and that third party license agreements always 
supersede the license agreement with CD Earth. There's actually another 
GPL violation in this since they are disclaiming themselves as parties 
to the GPL. I.e. they are claiming that the GPL that governs the 
software they are distributing is a license between the software owner 
(e.g. CrossWire) and the software user, but it's also a license between 
the software owner and CD Earth and between CD Earth and the user.

It's also laughable because they didn't use a grammar checker.


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