Re: Can you be free and non-copyleft at the same time?
- From: Sam Vilain <sam hydro gen nz>
- To: Wayne Schuller <w schuller gpph unimelb edu au>
- Cc: Miguel de Icaza <miguel nuclecu unam mx>, gnome-list gnome org, rms gnu org
- Subject: Re: Can you be free and non-copyleft at the same time?
- Date: 23 Feb 1999 17:25:45 +1300
Wayne Schuller <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> >Maybe there should be a licence between the LGPL and the GPL that
> >allows free software to link to it only; ie if the license is anything
> >up to as loose as BSD. Then somehow make it a license violation to
> >make the linked code non-free.
> No the whole point is that the BSD licence isn't good enough. If it's not
> copylefted, how can it really be free?
The BSD/whatever code is exploitable - but as soon as the BSD licence
is bastardised^H^H^Hcommercialised, then you lose the right to use the
So you can still exploit the BSDtop program or the MPLmozilla, but you
have to re-write libGtop for MStop or Netscape.
This should perhaps be thought about by someone at the FSF (gosh, I've
just noticed RMS is in the CC: list :-)). A licence that fits
somewhere between the LGPL and the GPL. A
"free-but-not-copyleft-software compatible" GPL.
Sam Vilain, email@example.com work: firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.hydro.gen.nz home: email@example.com
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