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Re: GNU "Moral Codes"

From: mike3
Subject: Re: GNU "Moral Codes"
Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2007 20:49:12 -0700
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On Aug 25, 2:48 am, David Kastrup <> wrote:
> mike3 <> writes:
> > Oh, so you can go and profit off of the other person's work,
> > _provided_ that it stays free and GPL.
> Not really.  You can keep the result all to yourself, profit from its
> use, and let nobody have it.

Not really? I thought you could sell or profit off a GPL program,
since the GPL says nothing about not obtaining money it just
says all copies/modifications have to be under GPL.

So, boiled down, the answers are this:

1. It's immoral to profit off of your own work *by restricting the
freedom of the user through proprietary license*, according
to FSF morals.

2. It's illegal to relicense GPL-licensed software of others under
proprietary terms to third parties, by the terms of the GPL and
The Law. (Not to mention it's also immoral under (1) as well
w/ FSF morals. And also because you break the law doing it
and you're supposed to follow the law.)

Is that all right?

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