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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] help with FSF incompatible but community orien

From: Robert Martinez
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] help with FSF incompatible but community oriented licence(s)
Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2012 12:55:08 +0200
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On 04/10/12 12:37, luke.leighton wrote:
  a non-free software license and also non-GPL licenses can be viewed
as coercion.  you're forcing people to pay, rather than offering them
the opportunity to pay open-heartedly.

I think you're getting him wrong here.
Patrick wants to avoid that parents will *EVER* have to pay and fears the part of the GPL that allows that you can charge for the service of providing the software.

Still I, too, think GPL is the way to go. You reach much more partents if you release it under the GPL - and even if some mean people trick parents into paying for your software: they still got your software that hopefully helps!

You really have to ask yourself:
Is your primary goal to provide parents with your software?
Or is it more important to make sure they are never deceived?

Imho the great potential of free software outweighs the risk of theoretical trickery. by far.

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