[geos-devel] Alternative licensing for GEOS

Paul Ramsey pramsey at cleverelephant.ca
Thu Nov 9 08:42:37 PST 2017

Just randomly, if IBM licensed GEOS for $100K / year for five years, would
that be acceptable?
One can write a lot of free software for $100K / year.
It's not uncommon for copyleft projects to self-support with relicensing
deals. Wonder what our community members think about that.

On Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 6:16 AM, Greg Troxel <gdt at lexort.com> wrote:

> James Turner <james.turner at weather.com> writes:
> > We would like to know if alternative licensing is available for GEOS,
> > as the object distribution requirements for the LGPL don’t really make
> > any sense in iOS applications.
> The key issue is that the permission granted is intended to be
> conditioned on the user being able to do some things, and Apple chooses
> not to let the user do those things.
> The notion that "the iOS rules don't make sense" is an equally valid
> viewpoint in this case.
> Perhaps you could ask Apple to let users share Free Software that
> they've obtained from the app store, with each other, and to add a way
> for people to rebuild LGPL code, relink it, and install it on their
> devices :-) Obviously I don't expect you to do that, and I don't expect
> the request to be at all succesful, but this is basically why the Free
> Software community is not receptive to "could you change your licensing
> so I can distribute proprietary software via a mechanism that is
> explicitly hostile to Free Software".
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