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Re: [Help-librejs] JavaScript Trap - jQuery EasyUI library

From: Martin Nicolás Carbone
Subject: Re: [Help-librejs] JavaScript Trap - jQuery EasyUI library
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00:01:32 -0300


> What is the _precise_ URL of the obfuscated source code?

The code of "GPL" edition is released as ZIP file here:
Files in the "plugin" folder are all "obfuScript"

> So let's start by talking with them

Contact e-mails: address@hidden, address@hidden, address@hidden

I will talk to them, but I think this is not an "innocent misunderstanding": If I want the "real source" I have to buy it, and It is nonfree. Reasons:

1 - Here is where they say that the "Source Code" is delivered only under Commercial Licence:

2 - Here is the text of the nonfree Commercial Licence:

It says:

"Modifications to the software are allowed but you may not:
a) Distribute the modified software or part(s) of it as standalone application.
b) Sublicense, rent, lease or lend any portion of the software.
c) Modify or remove any copyright notices from any of the software files."

3 - And here is an answer in their forum that confirm the only way to get the unobfuscated code is paying the nonfree licence:

Last questions:
¿Can somebody release a binary program as "GPL" but not distributing the source?
You (FSF) "do nothing" if a developer is using your reputation to "seduce" other developers to use his library an then force them to pay for a nonfree licence if they need to modify the "real" source code?


  Ing. Martín Nicolás Carbone

2015-08-14 16:52 GMT-03:00 Richard Stallman <address@hidden>:
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  > The "GPL Edition" is "GPL v3 licenced" (and for use only in free projects,
  > of course), but is primarily Obfuscript; then it is nonfree software; then
  > it is not real GPL v3 licenced. Then It's a Lie!

It is certainly misleading.  If they know their practice is
misleading, and do it intentionally, that's lying.

  > The "Commercial Edition" can be used in proprietary/privative projects, and
  > they say that they sell me the unobfuscated code.

To see if they understand what they are doing, we can
ask them, "do I get the real source code code under GPLv3"?
And ask them, "How can I get the real source code of the GPL edition"?

It's possible that they will respond with the real source code and we
will see this is an innocent misunderstanding.  We owe it to them (and
to ourselves) to give them the chance to do the right thing.

  > ¿Is not a "violation" of the GPL, if they are lying about the real licence
  > of their released code?

No.  The GPL, like nearly all other free licenses, is permission
granted by the copyright holders to everyone else.  If someone _else_
uses the material in violation of the license conditions, that is
copyright infringement and the copyright holder can sue.

But if the copyright holder uses the material in some other way, he's
not going to sue himself.  In other words, no matter what you do, you
don't violate your own license on your own code.

The only leverage available to us here is possible public criticism.

So let's start by talking with them.  What is the _precise_ URL of
the obfuscated source code?

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation (,
Internet Hall-of-Famer (
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