On Fri, Mar 28, 2003 at 04:02:21PM -0800, Gordon Messmer wrote:
It might be possible with enough money to get a license for any/all GPLed software. This would result in a situation like that of QT -- if you want to make proprietary software, you'd still have to buy your own license. This is maybe improbable now, but as the technology gets older, it could happen.
No, the GPL prohibits such terms. Unless the software is completely free of encumbrances, the GPL is not a suitable license for this software.
That's not true.
In order for software to be distributed under the GPL (not as Free Software, but under the GPL specifically), the persons/parties to whom you distribute the software must be able to legally distribute the software without royalties.
The terms I propose would allow _exactly_ that. See the Open RTLinux Patent License for an FSF-approved example.
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