[jsword-devel] Re: [sword-devel] Sword license
Sat, 27 Sep 2003 13:41:00 -0400
I'm a games developer, and I'm interested in developing games incorporating
I've looked around, and I found the Sword project. However, since I do all
of my work in Java and the Sword project was in C++, I figured I'd end up
having to write my own classes to read the data sources, and began to do so,
especially since what little I saw of the Sword source didn't appear to
follow a well-designed (in my own opinion of course) object model.
However, I decided to do a search on the web and found Jsword. It looks
like you have a well-defined API accessing data in the drivers.
However, you're only releasing it under GPL, that means I can't use it since
I use other APIs that are incompatible with GPL.
Is there any chance you could release the API under LGPL or Apache or BSD or
some other more developer-friendly License? The only comment in the mailing
list archive I found on licensing seemed ambivalent.
Joe Walker <email@example.com> wrote:
> >>If I read the Sword/JSword source code and from that
> >>write (port would be accurate?) classes, methods, etc. in Squeak
> >>process Sword Modules would I be obligated to also use the GPL?
> >If you write your own classes in Squeak to read Sword modules, you're
> >incorporating Sword GPL code into your work. If you read our code to
> >how we do it and then write your own code to perform the same
> >you're not violating our copyright.
> HOWEVER in a way that is probably irrelevant because if you read any of
> the JSword code that I wrote then I'm totally happy for you to write a
> non-GPL, open source program based on it, and I'll copy this message to
> jsword-devel to see what Mark thinks - Mark's opinion here is more
> important than mine because he wrote more of the Java version of the
> Sword drivers than me.