[jsword-devel] Re: JSword license
Sun, 28 Sep 2003 18:10:59 -0400
Joe Walker <email@example.com> wrote:
> Thanks for that. I didn't fully understand the issues behind the
> "MoneyGuzzler" problem, and having understood that I think we've fallen
> into the trap and we need to fix it.
I think you're misinterpreting something.
You can already use GPL'd code with any other open-source library, provided
you also provide the source code for that library along with your code.
The limitation is that you're not allowed to use GPL'd code with a
non-open-source library (because, by definition, you don't have the ability
to provide source code for that library).
There's no need to add a provision like the one you described (and if you
did want to add such a provision, you'd probably want to simply say any OSI
approved open source license as defined at
http://www.opensource.org/licenses/index.php rather than trying to enumerate
> Mike, is your objection to the GPL because you need to have this
> exception list, or is your exception to JSword becuse we (currently)
My problem is that I most likely will link against non-open-source game
development libraries (I'm just doing peliminary research for my next game
project at this time), and doing so is specifically disallowed under GPL
even when I release all of my own code under an open-source license. The
GPL license forces any code used with it to also become GPL in a viral
However, you don't need to spend any more time on this issue on my behalf as
I already have a workable solution for my issue, and I'm willing to share my
solution with anyone who'd like to use it. I think for 99% of use that the
read-only ability to look up a verse from a selected Bible version is all
that's necessary. More than that would generally mean that you're
developing a bible study tool, and I think JSword and Sword already meet