[MonoDevelop] Licensing concerns.

Christoph Wille christophw@alphasierrapapa.com
Thu, 15 Jul 2004 15:38:16 +0200

At 03:25 PM 7/15/2004, Urs C Muff wrote:
>>We chose the GPL on purpose so no-one can integrate our code in a non-GPL 
>>application without our explicit permission. And as Miguel has already 
>>touched upon this issue, we (#develop) intend to sell differently 
>>licensed components. We can do so, because we have copyright assignments 
>>of all our contributors (OOo and StarOffice being a prime example of this 
>That is obvious, when it comes to YOUR code, and YOUR distribution of 
>#develop, but absolutely non-obvious for so called derivative work.
>Are you implying that you want to sell MonoDevelop as well to YOUR profit, 
>that would be outrageous!

No. How come you thought that?

>>How do you think would MySQL AB react if you asked them to relicense some 
>>of their older releases to MIT?
>Nobody is asking YOU to relicense ANYTHING, they are just relicensing 
>THEIR OWN GOODS, is that so difficult to understand?  YOU did not write 
>the code that John and Todd wrote, so it does not belong to YOU/#develop, 
>it's as simple as that.  They may have to provide their code in a GPL'ed 
>version but that does not make it YOUR code!

We have sent an inquiry to the FSF - all non-lawyers please hold off your 
comments until we have a professional feedback. This starts to get nowhere.