Subject: Re: forking the list considered harmful
From: kragen@pobox.com (Kragen Sitaker)
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 1999 08:54:31 -0500 (EST)

Stephen Turnbull writes:
> You _cannot_ "sell a GPL program", unless it's your sole copyright.
> That's the essence of the "copyleft hack."

You can sell a GPLed program in the same sense you can sell a book.
Can you please explain in what sense you cannot sell a GPLed program?

> Right.  That's the point of the GPL, is it not?  To force you to
> volunteer your derivative work back to the community that contributed
> the original to you?

No.  The first version of the NPL required this, and RMS argued that
this requirement prevented it from being a free-software license.  The
point of the GPL is to make sure that any time anyone is using a
program, there are no artificial obstacles to their ability To use,
modify, copy, and redistribute it.

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