[sword-devel] Notice in licence agreement

Tonny Kohar tonny.kohar at gmail.com
Fri Apr 24 00:50:12 MST 2009


On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 1:48 PM, Eeli Kaikkonen
<eekaikko at mail.student.oulu.fi> wrote:
> Anyways, even if we forget the exact wording, the other point was even more
> important. Would the frontend developers like to use this kind of statement,
> crafted carefully, in all frontends? We don't know yet how our apps will be
> received in a long run in the Windows world. Probably they will be taken by
> the evil people and sold for big money without source code. If this kind of
> statement is in the Windows installer it would spread the knowledge amongst
> users.
> And don't forget my original question which wasn't actually about the
> current statement which already exists in the BibleTime About dialog, but
> about this warning:
> "Would it be good idea to put a notice with licence agreement in each
> frontend which says that "this software can be obtained with no cost, if you
> have paid a large sum you may have been fooled"?"

IMHO, is to put the focus on spread the Gospel (The Word) rather than
the license/distribution, etc.
License/Legal/Distrubution could change (maybe in the future, if the
law is change, etc), but the Christian duty to spread The Word will
not change.

I do not know about other frontend developers thinking regarding their
works, but myself always try to spread the Gospel (The Word) to as
many people as possible without the restrictions as possible (unless
required by the law eg: component developed by 3rd party, in my case
is JSword, Apache Lucene, etc.)

Personally I will be very happy if people could study/learn The Word
using my works. And happy as well when I could not reach certain
audiences, but certain third party able to reach. eg: "reasonable"
commercial distribution. Because as far as I understands
distribution/crowd gathering certainly need some fund to cover it is

Off course I also would like people to obtain my works free (or as
cheap as possible) rather than pay. But I always try to remind myself
that things sometimes not possible due to alot of external factor
which is beyond my control eg: distribution required money (bandwith,
free cd, web admin salary, etc). So I just focus on what I can do
(spread the Word) and provide it as free on my own website (things
that I could control) and let's God lead whatever 3rd party do with my
works aka God Providence).

So in the end I just keep reminding myself to make sure I am not
sidetracked with issues that beyond me and try to keep focus on spread
the Word and create the tool to learn the Word. The rest is the
providence :)

Because IMHO it is not about my works, but it is about The WORD. My
works is nothing, The WORD (which bring salvation) is everything.

Tonny Kohar
Alkitab Bible Study

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