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Re: GNU licenses

From: mike4ty4
Subject: Re: GNU licenses
Date: 5 Sep 2006 20:01:46 -0700
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Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
> Perhaps, if I was planning a commercial project. Of course if I was
>    making a program that I had no profit plans for whatsoever,
>    nothing, I wouldn't mind GPLing it.
> The GNU GPL doesn't prohibit commerical explotation of software;
> infact if a license does not allows such explotation it is considered
> non-free.

Nor did I say it did. But the profit is not as great with "free"
than as with "non-free" software, right? Or is it? I need a fairly
decent profit. Can I get a decent-sized company and a high income
(like $100,000/year) selling "free" software? If I sell 10 programs per
day at $30 each then I get $300/day and thus $109,500/year avg. Is
that possible?

>    > Why is it so difficult to grasp the idea that you cannot demand a
>    > right for yourself that you are not prepared to grant to others?
>    Because I could grant someone a right they wanted for themselves
>    WITHOUT demanding that they grant it to others. But I suppose
>    everyone is different, and I suppose you can decide to force people
>    to opensource (and _potentially_ VASTLY decrease the market-value)
>    or not use your code.
> Nobody here is forcing anyone, be it to make it free software or even
> open source.  If you wish to use the code, you must abide the license.
> You are completely free to not use the code.

Of course, but I'm disputing the terms on which I have to follow to use
code. Haven't you figured that out already?

>    Everyone's been saying that I've got all rights to MY ORIGINAL CODE
>    but I don't in this case!
> You have the rights to your own code, what you do not have the right
> to is the other persons code which is licensed under a specific
> license.  If you wish to use that code, then you must abide by that
> license.

So then can I do what I described? Can I make a combined work, put
that out under GPL (following the license), then take a piece of the
_original code_ and put it in a non-GPL work and keep that non-GPL?
I should be able to, considering that the original parts are MY code
and NOT somebody else's. Am I right?

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