[JDEV] BusinessChat is violating the GNU General Public Licescene.

SARADHI uvnpsaradhi at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 20 14:46:20 CDT 2002


Hi Chris,
See the answer of Colin Holywell" , author of ColinJabber client to me.
"BusinessChat is violating the GNU General Public Licescene.  I am in Canada here and for some reason I can not reach that website?  What they are doing is illegal.  I have been getting lots of email about it but I have never seen the website or the messenger."
So ur view of "There's really only so many ways to make a client
look (WinJab looks like Exodus looks like Yahoo IM, etc). So with
bchat's "Business Chat" IM looking like ColinJab that doesn't
automatically mean that they copied it. Maybe they copied the look of
it, who knows. " is not correct.
Bye
 jdev-request at jabber.org wrote:
Message: 15
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 10:00:03 -0700
From: Chris Wilkes 
To: jdev at jabber.org
Subject: Re: [JDEV] Regarding the GPL and commercial products
Reply-To: jdev at jabber.org

On Fri, Sep 20, 2002 at 08:35:28AM -0700, SARADHI wrote:
> 
> Can the application that results from the additions or modifications
> can be sold as a Commercial Product and still mentioning the users
> that we r using Jabber open standard technology ???

I believe that anyone can take the GPLed code, add their mods, and then
resell it *provided that they provide the source code to it*. Kinda like
RedHat does with its linux distro.

Not that you insinuated that this is the case, but it should be pointed
out that the FAQ point for Jabber licensing:
http://www.jabber.org/faq.html#AEN59
makes it clear that 'jabber' is a protocol standard, like http, and you
can make a proprietary client all you want, like the IE browser.

There's another question in Saradhi's post and that is "GPLing" the look
and feel of a client. There's really only so many ways to make a client
look (WinJab looks like Exodus looks like Yahoo IM, etc). So with
bchat's "Business Chat" IM looking like ColinJab that doesn't
automatically mean that they copied it. Maybe they copied the look of
it, who knows. It would be interesting to see if an author of a GPLed
work can force someone to reveal their source code (didn't this happen
with a DVD player recently?)

Chris


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