[sword-devel] iPhone NDA dropped

Greg Hellings greg.hellings at gmail.com
Tue Oct 21 20:54:28 MST 2008

As I understood it, the real barrier was the NDA for *released* code,
and that's the portion which was dropped.  Thus, unless you're
registered in the for-pay ordeal, you probably won't be seeing the new
licensing in your e-mail.  At least, that's how I interpreted it.  I
likewise have not received that e-mail, and I've attributed it to not
yet having signed up for the actual distributor's license (which I was
planning to avoid doing until the application was at least passable in
the simulator).


On Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 10:48 PM, Nathan Youngman <junkmail at nathany.com> wrote:
> I still have not seen a new agreement (despite being registered for
> iPhone development).
>        "Developers will receive a new agreement without an NDA covering
> released software within a week or so."
>        http://developer.apple.com/iphone/program/
> We were talking about the "iPhone license" back in June... and it
> sounded like the NDA was the major holdback. Hopefully we have the
> green light?
> I noticed on the Sword Wiki that:
>        "All frontends MUST be GPLv2 licensed."
>        http://www.crosswire.org/wiki/index.php/Frontends:FeatureList
> But I don't believe that to be true. Any GPLv2-compatible license
> should be fine:
>        http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html#GPLCompatibleLicenses
> However, FSF says Apache and Mozilla licenses aren't compliant, so
> besides GPL itself, that leaves free non-copyleft licenses like MIT,
> FreeBSD and zlib.
> Another interesting factor is that GPL doesn't preclude the commercial
> sale of an application. Anyone could download your source code and
> play with it in the simulator. But to install it, they'd have to pay
> $99 for Apple's developer program (unless they have it already). Add
> in the work of compiling, and there is a fair deterrent, meaning most
> people would probably pay a few bucks if you wanted to charge for it.
> Of course, anyone else can turn around and resell it too, or make it
> free.
> - nathan
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