[sword-devel] Question about Public Domain

mmital mital.manu at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 09:10:59 MST 2009

Thanks. I just wanted to know what are my options if I want to use third
party code in my application that is free to use, but is not necessarily
under the GPL. The author of this third party component is saying that I can
use his free code, but he is not willing to license his code under GPL.

On 3/16/09, DM Smith <dmsmith at crosswire.org> wrote:
> mmital wrote:
>> Hi,
>>  I have been using Alkitab bible study lately. Fantastic piece of
>> software, truly amazing.
>>  I also noticed that it is in public domain, while using sword engine that
>> is in GPL v2, and other components that may have their own license (
>> http://www.kiyut.com/products/alkitab/LICENSE-alkitab.txt)
>>  My question is: Am I permitted to release future versions of SwordBible
>> under public domain? The reason is that I want to continue to use the sword
>> library that is under GPL, while also making use of third party components
>> that may not be under GPL (with the permissions from their respective
>> copyright holders).
>>  Can this be done? Thanks for the clarifications.
> I can't answer for the SWORD library.
> Alkitab Bible Study is public domain and clearly states it does not pertain
> to any parts of JSword or any other third party library that JSword depends
> upon. We discussed this on jsword-devel. It was a decision of the JSword
> development team not to make a big deal out of it. We'd like to keep it that
> way; that is, not a big deal for Alkitab. (At this point, I think Tonny
> would go GPL, if we asked him to.)
> In Him,
>   DM
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