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Re: Open source - Free software

From: Jim Richardson
Subject: Re: Open source - Free software
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 10:59:35 -0700
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On Thu, 28 Sep 2006 18:39:25 +0200,
 Alexander Terekhov <> wrote:
> 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.)" 

royalties and licence fees are not what was being discussed. We were
discussion the price one can sell the software for. There is no
restriction. What you can't do, is licence the software differently.
(Hence, no royalties or licence fees) you can sell it, and in fact, the
FSF did sell (and for all I know, still does) copies of Emacs, and other
apps, for a substantial fee.

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