Subject: Re: the provide, license verbs
From: Rick Moen <rick@linuxmafia.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2004 20:16:34 -0700

Quoting No Spam (nospam@pixelglow.com):

> The QPL, reflecting Trolltech's concerns, does [care what you do with
> code in private]. Look at 4c...

      4. You may distribute machine-executable forms of the Software or
      machine-executable forms of modified versions of the Software,
      provided that you meet these restrictions:

      [...]

      c. You must ensure that all modifications included in the
      machine-executable forms are available under the terms of this
      license.

This has nothing to do with private usage.  It states that if you
distribute modified executables, you must make the source available 
under QPL terms.

> and especially 6c. 

      6. You may develop application programs, reusable components and
      other software items that link with the original or modified
      versions of the Software. These items, _when distributed_, are 
      subject to the following requirements:

      [...]

      c. If the items are not available to the general public, and the
      initial developer of the Software requests a copy of the items, 
      then you must supply one. 

This doesn't, either.  (Emphasis added.)

> Obviously they are concerned about companies getting a legal albeit
> free copy, making changes and/or incorporating into their own
> proprietary products and neither releasing the code nor paying them,
> essentially defeating their revenue model.

If so, neither of the licence provisions you point to reflects that
concern.


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