wxPython Licence vs GPL

Martin P. Hellwig mhellwig at xs4all.nl
Thu Nov 24 09:51:52 CET 2005


Steven D'Aprano wrote:
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> I'm FREE to use the software, FREE to redistribute it, FREE to give it 
> away, FREE to make derivative works, FREE to transfer the licence, *and* 
> I got it FREE of cost as well, but that doesn't make it free.
>

Indeed, when I explain GPL to non-techies and what their (RMS) 
interpretation of free software is I usually ask first if they know what 
  IP (Intellectual Property not Internet Protocol) is and what the 
difference is between that and other legals stuff like Copyright and 
Trademarks.

Then I make sure we have the same definition about Software and what I 
mean with the word Public in the context of software.

After that I define GPL as:
Obligatory Public Intellectual Property Software

If the non-techie is still interested, I'll rave on about that I 
understand why GPL is a good way to ensure availability of IP especially 
if the software is a collaborated effort in the academic scene.
And that I probably use that if I made software for my employer (a 
Foundation founded by multiple High-Schools) but that deeply personal 
I'll stick to the beerware license, because I fully agree on PHK license 
vision.

-- 
mph



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