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Re: [vox] On Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL
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Re: [vox] On Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL

Good article, Brian, and the link to the original letter on which it is 
based is at the bottom.

I am a firm believer that developers should be able to profit and make a 
living from their work.

Otherwise, the only people creating software will be hobbyists, and we 
all know the general quality isn't at the professional level for the 
most part. No incentive to fix bugs and such either.



On 12/14/2011 2:19 PM, Brian Lavender wrote:
> Ever wondered about selling exceptions to the GPL. Well, if you are the
> copyright holder, you can.
> See this writeup by RMS with the following except.
> https://www.fsf.org/blogs/rms/selling-exceptions
>    When I co-signed the letter objecting to Oracle's planned purchase of
>    MySQL 1 (along with the rest of Sun), some free software supporters were
>    surprised that I approved of the practice of selling license exceptions
>    which the MySQL developers have used. They expected me to condemn the
>    practice outright. This article explains what I think of the practice,
>    and why.
> brian

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