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Re: GNU "Moral Codes"

From: none
Subject: Re: GNU "Moral Codes"
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 09:32:42 -0500

In article <>,
mike3  <> wrote:
>It seems the GNU licenses are designed so you can't just monopolize
>off someone else's work -- rip it off and pilfer it for your profit,

Profit has nothing to do with it. You can sell GPL software for profit.
You can even sell someone else's GPL software for profit.

>which is what incorporating it into a proprietary package without
>making that free would do.

Free="no money" or Free="source available downline"? GPL has no bearing
on the first, and only a bearing on the second if you get someone else's
software under the GPL.

>This may be good, but what is the GNU
>position on monopolizing or reaping a profit off licensing your OWN

It's YOUR work. Why would the GPL have a position on that? GNU as an
organization wants all software to be freely available (free="source
available"). But they can't impose that want on you as a developer of
your own code.

It seems like you come here and keep asking the same question over and
over. What exactly are you trying to figure out? If it's your code, you
can do what you want with it. GNU may want all code to be freely source
available, but they can't impose that upon anyone. The GPL specifically
defines the rights and responsibilities of a person who is distributing
a codebase that has GPL licensed code that they did not write. That's
all. No profit involved nor nothing about original code.


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