[jdev] Re: JOSL 1.1?

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Tue Jun 29 17:14:31 CDT 2004

On Tue, 29 Jun 2004 17:50:50 -0400, Paul Curtis wrote:

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> Matthias Wimmer wrote:
> |
> | You cannot use GPL sources in non-GPL software. E.g. jabberd14 has been
> | used in quite some other projects (on only servers) and some of them are
> | closed-source products (e.g. Tipic's server). This wouldn't have been
> | possible if jabberd14 would be GPL-only.
> True ... but that wouldn't apply to a new project, would it? Wouldn't be
> in the best interests of the community to have the GPL for all JSF
> sponsored projects?

Not sure yet -- I'm still mulling it over.
> In addition, managing a license with the attendent legal liability may not
> be something the JSF wants to be involved in. Should the JSF be policing
> how code it owns is used?

That's open for discussion. For one thing, it might help avoid the sort of
unfortunate occurrences we have seen in the past with regard to code theft.

> Perhaps a choice of JOSL and GPL for projects whose copyrights are
> assigned to the JSF would be a better option. The FSF does not accept (as
> far as I know) copyrights for code that are not under the GPL.

Sure. I did not mean to imply that only JOSL 1.1 could be used, only 
that we'd need version 1.1 rather than 1.0 (which is unusable for this


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