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

From: Patrick
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] help with FSF incompatible but community oriented licence(s)
Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2012 12:51:31 -0400
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On 12-10-04 12:14 PM, Felipe T. R. Tovar wrote:

Patrick, suppose somebody gets your code and implements improvements on it, and want to be paid for this, you would disallow somebody to charge for their work?

By restricting your software to be redistributed with paid improvements, you may be restricting its improvement, and achieving your goal, to help parents of autistic children.

Your "free as in beer" version can easily spread in the mouth-to-mouth way, so I don't think you should be that affraid of the selling of unmodified version of your software.

In any way, you won't be able to fix all the problems of the world. You can create a good piece of software, and help people. You can allow them to improve it and help people further.

If you think you should find another license for your software, go ahead, but I hope you realize that you can help better and more people by using a free license and running the risk of somebody fooling some parent in buying it than releasing it with a proprietary license.

Sorry for my bad english. Not a native speaker.


Hi Felipe

I'd better not answer this. I should wind things down now. The FSF foundation and it's members care about free software but the scope of concerns stops there. FSF compatible licences do not protect charitable software from becoming for-profit, period.

I am coming up with more ideas but they will only inflame things here...

I am a native English speaker and your writing is better then mine, not to worry....


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