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[libreplanet-discuss] help with FSF incompatible but community oriented

From: Patrick
Subject: [libreplanet-discuss] help with FSF incompatible but community oriented licence(s)
Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2012 09:33:09 -0400
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Hi Everyone

I hope this post won't upset anyone.

I have been going around in circles with free software licences for a few years now.

I have posted to FSF on IRC and pretty much received a message of GPL is the way to go for nearly everyone including me.

Unfortunately it is not right for me and I am almost certain all FSF approved licences will not meet my needs. I am seriously considering shipping completely closed source software as I am losing hope of finding a source included one that will work right for me.

There are two software projects I am working on. One is software to help parents and therapists working with autistic and speech delayed children to organize data.

It's still in the planning stage but once complete, I do not want it to be sold but to be free as in beer forever. If I understand things correctly to be a FSF approved licence, the licence must allow for resale, I won't allow this. Parents of autistic kids are already under enormous stress and most won't end up knowing there was a free as in beer alternative. parisites will swoop in an screw over the parents by sellign them the software.

I am attracted to the Reciprocal Public License before the 1.5 modification but no one is using it and that worries me. It is also not right for the next project...

I also have a project for controlling scientific instrumentation and crunching data. It's a for profit venture.

I need a revenue model. I could give it away and offer paid support or sell it and also provide paid support.

Here is a rather upsetting thing..... again sorry if I am upsetting anyone.....

I really appreciate all that RMS has done for me and so many other computer users. He has given so much but I think he has ended up hurt by the same people he helped.

I am not blaming him but I think if he chose a different licence for his work, things might have been different. What Torvalds did to him was specifically allowed by the GPL his desire to have people refer to the OS as GNU/Linus is based on honour and not law.

I want permanent credit for my work with the scientific instrument control project. If someone else uses the code i want them to have to display to the user that I was the one who started the project at a specific font and for a specific time period. This way if other companies want to offer paid support, the end users will still know that I was the one that wrote it and i can provide better support for it. If RMS did something like this I think he would be much better off now.

Is there any licences that could meet one or more of these objectives?

Thanks for reading-Patrick

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