[I18n-sig] Codec licenses

Tamito KAJIYAMA kajiyama@grad.sccs.chukyo-u.ac.jp
Sat, 27 Jan 2001 01:32:25 +0900

M.-A. Lemburg wrote:
| > scanning through the CVS archive of the SourceForge python-codecs
| > project I found that most codec packages were placed under the GPL
| > for some reason. This makes the codecs unusable for software which
| > isn't GPL compatible and limits its usefulness considerably.
| > 
| > Please consider either moving to the LGPL which does not have the
| > GPL problems (other software relying on it will need to be shipped
| > under the GPL too), but still assures that your code remains freely
| > available or one of the Python licenses (preferrably the
| > old CWI one).

Well, I have two (opposite?) thoughts regarding to the licensing
of the JapaneseCodecs package.

First, I've released the package under the terms of GNU GPL,
because that license is comfortable for me.  I want users to
"use" the package in the GNU GPL sense.

On the other hand, I hope that many people use my software.  If
needed, I release JapaneseCodecs or its part under different
licensing terms.  It is not a problem for me that a package that
includes JapaneseCodecs as its part is released under an open
source license (like the PyXML package).

To tell the truth, JapaneseCodecs is the first free software
package that I've released, and when I released it I was not
sure what was the best licensing terms for the package.  I've
chosen the GNU GPL, but the situation seems complex...

If possible, I'd like to utilize two different licenses: the
GNU GPL for JapaneseCodecs as a separate package, and another
license for the composite package that includes JapaneseCodecs
as its part.

Hmm...  Does this reply make sense?  I'm confused...

KAJIYAMA, Tamito <kajiyama@grad.sccs.chukyo-u.ac.jp>