[sword-devel] Wiki Misrepresentation

Greg Hellings greg.hellings at gmail.com
Mon Aug 3 06:58:31 MST 2009

I was on this page - http://crosswire.org/wiki/Frontends:FeatureList -
earlier today and noticed the following line:
All frontends MUST be GPLv2 licensed. (This should be obvious. The
SWORD Project is GPLv2-licensed. All derivative works, such as
frontends and utilities, must be GPLv2 or they would be in violation
of CrossWire's copyright and the copyrights of 3rd parties whose code
has been incorporated into SWORD, e.g. the FSF.)

However, that is directly in contradiction to the words of the Free
Software Foundation's FAQ lines about this exact situation:
If a library is released under the GPL (not the LGPL), does that mean
that any program which uses it has to be under the GPL or a
GPL-compatible license?
Yes, because the program as it is actually run includes the library.

This explicitly allows for distribution of other works under
compatible licenses, not only under the GPL.  This is not restricted
by SWORD being only v2, the statement applies to all GPL versions, as
others have verified directly with the FSF.  This particular FAQ was
updated because it had been causing issues with people misinterpreting
it to mean that only the GPL could be used for derivative works, as
our Wiki has been misled to state.  This line on our Wiki should
either be updated, or just use a reference directly to the GNU/FSF FAQ


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