Re: To GPL or not to GPL, that is the question ?

To: malcolm.turnbull@xxxxxxxxxxxx,<lvs-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: To GPL or not to GPL, that is the question ?
From: "James Bourne" <james@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 31 May 2003 07:34:14 +1000
Hi Malcolm,

You might want to check out what Astaro Security Linux ( they 
use HA and Load Balancing in their product.

They supply a free ISO for download and their product is free for non-
commercial use. They will also supply a source code CD upon request. They 
also work with hardware manufacturers to supply Astaro firewall appliances.

Their middleware is copyright and not based (apparently) on any GPL source. 
Hence, they leave that bit out of the source CD. So with your project, you 
might want to supply the source for the components that are GPL and derive 
your own license for those components that are not. You can then choose to 
distribute them in binary form only (with the obvious exception of various 
scripts that you might have developed).

If you intend to make money out of the project a quick visit to the copyright 
and IPR lawyer is highly recommended.

Need a reseller in Australia ;)



On Sat, 31 May 2003 20:26:53 +0000, Malcolm Turnbull wrote
> Peter Mueller wrote:
> > Hi Joe & Malcom,
> > 
> > 
> >>Once you GPL something, it's gone. You have no control over 
> >>it (which is the general idea). You only have the copyright 
> >>which says that you did it. If there are legal problems, then 
> > 
> > 
> > I'm pretty sure that the copyright owner has the right to relicense or
> > repurpose his work anyway he sees fit.  The catch is that he or she 
> > be able to un-GPL what's already out there; but at least he could make 
> > money off his or her own work while still contributing.
> > 
> That was my understanding, the point of GPL is once the user 
> downloads it he can do what he likes as long as he keeps to the licence.
> The copyright holder can re-licence later but cannot take away the 
> rights of any previous users to sell and distribute.
> Thats why comercial licences even for so called free software 
> normaly have a 'do not distribute' clause (which means as a user 
> you're screwed if they remove the download link).
> Anyway thanks for the comments, I'll go ahead with the all GPL 
> except the ISO method and supply source code for everything on request.
> If I ever make any money I'll get a lawyer.
> > Note : I am not a lawyer or an expert on the GPL.  If you take what I am
> > spouting as legal advice then you are just silly.  If I'm wrong maybe I'll
> > buy you a good beer :)
> > 
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