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Re: Open source - Free software

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Open source - Free software
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 18:39:25 +0200

Jim Richardson wrote:
> nothing in the [L]GPL prevents you from charging any amount of money you
> want to ask for the software. the [L]GPL don't care about the $$$ price
> at all.

You need to contact IBM's legal counsel and set them straight before
they further embarrass themselves: "65. Among the "further restrictions"
that the GPL and LGPL do not permit are royalties or licensing fees (Ex.
27  2, 3; Ex. 26  2, 4) (although fees can be collected for "the
physical act of transferring a copy" of the code or for warranty
protection). (Ex. 27  1; Ex. 26  1.) If modified works or machine-
readable versions of GPL- or LGPL-licensed software are distributed,
they must be licensed "at no charge to all third parties under the
terms of this License." (Ex. 27  2 (emphasis added); Ex. 26  2; see
also Ex. 27  3; Ex. 26  4.)" 


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