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GNU GPL - what does it mean? (4 posts)

  1. blowski
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hi

    Stumbling around the internet, I came upon this:
    http://www.getsemiologic.com/

    It costs $299 and basically includes various plugins (which from the pictures seem simply to be downloaded from here, rather being written by themselves) and themes and selling them as a package, combined with support.

    Doesn't this violate the GNU GPL? Just asking - please feel free to tell me if I'm wrong.

    Many thanks
    Dan

  2. Len
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Good question. I see part of the package includes the Semiologic theme so maybe he could argue that's what you're paying for.

  3. homeycomb
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    no it doesnt. GNU/GPL software can be sold. Denis is also very well-known around here. The plugins he includes as well as the theme, are all his own work, btw.

    this is a VERY googlable topic:

    http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/selling.html
    http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#DoesTheGPLAllowMoney) http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#DoesTheGPLAllowDownloadFee
    http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#GPLCommercially

  4. blowski
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    OK thanks - I must admit to only having a bare knowledge of licensing and understood that any software based on the GNU/GPL had to offer the same license, although it could charge if it provided 'assistance' and the like.

    I had Googled, but misunderstood. Thanks for explaining.

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