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Re: Help to pick a license for my free source code project

From: KomsBomb
Subject: Re: Help to pick a license for my free source code project
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2007 03:20:35 -0700
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On Oct 16, 5:46 pm, Rui Miguel Silva Seabra <> wrote:

> If it's not important that it is Free Software, then go fetch legal
> advice. This is a group about Free Software.

I mean it's not important if it's redistributed as non-free software.

> > If the license forces the user to distribute the source code
> > with the program,
> The it isn't Free Software. No Free Software licenses forces the user
> to distribute anything.

Sorry for the miscommunication, my English is not perfect.
I meant the license forces such a fact: if the user distributes any
program made with my source code, he must also distribute the source
code to the same receptor.
I didn't mean forcing to only distribute the source code itself.

> > I really don't mind if it's commercial or not.
> Are you confusing commercial with proprietary?
> Commercial => used in a commercial context (charging for copies,
>               support, etc...)
> Proprietary => does not grant the receiving user the 4 Software
>                Freedoms described by the Free Software Foundation

I got it.

> > However, I don't want any other sells the source code or compiled
> > binary directly without any derived work.
> Why would you do that? What advantage do you get?
> You get no advantage at all as far as I can see.

My situation. The project is an assistant debugging program for Delphi
program. It includes a piece of code that should be included to the
program that being debugged, and also include an independent tool to
monitor the activity of that code.
I plan to publish the source code of that monitor tool.
If some one compiles the monitor tool without any change and sells
it for money, I think it's a little bit unfair to me.

However, if the license forces the user distributes the tool's source
code beside that tool, I think maybe it's fair enough to me.
Who will pay money to a tool with free source code published? :-)

> > Then any advice?
> Release it under the GNU GPL, control all patches to the software.
> That way you can release it as Free Software, but if anyone wants
> to have a proprietary derivative, charge as much as you can for
> a special proprietary license for that person.
> It's the model of MySQL, for instance.

Great advice, I will consider it.

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