[sword-devel] Question about Public Domain

mmital mital.manu at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 11:16:02 MST 2009


Thanks. That answers the question (that is, SB frontend *has* to continue
under v2 of GPL).

So I guess I need to contact the third party author and send him this list
of compatible licenses:
http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html#GPLCompatibleLicenses (asking
him to look at the ones that are compatible with version 2 GPL)

If the third party code license can fit anything in the above list, then I
think I can use it.


On 3/16/09, Chris Little <chrislit at crosswire.org> wrote:
> DM Smith 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.
> You probably could have spoken for The SWORD Project. :) But I'll make it
> explicit.
> Sword (the C++ library) is GPLv2 only (not GPL3, not PD, not BSD, etc.) and
> any software using Sword must, obligatorily be GPLv2. Personally, I like
> GPLv2 and wouldn't want us to change, but we're at a point where it's not
> even a choice that is open to us. We use code from 3rd parties that is GPL
> licensed, so we are as much obliged to use GPLv2 for Sword as you and other
> front end authors are obliged to use GPLv2 if you use Sword.
> I recognize that there are those who would like other licenses for very
> valid reasons, but it's really not an option to Sword to license under
> licenses other than GPL.
> --Chris
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