Subject Re: [IBDI] Re: GPL
Author Paul Reeves
> =======================================
> Subject: Re: Read the manual
> Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 11:55:24 -0500
> From: "Jeff Overcash (TeamB)" <jeffovercash@...>
> Organization: TeamB
> Newsgroups: borland.public.interbase.sql
> >...
> > > This is *not* true. Firebird is under the exact same IPL that IB
> > > Open Edition is. Since Firebird is based on the IB source code, the
> > > Firebird project cannot legally change the licensing terms.
> >
> > Go and see it on there website under section
> >
> >
> >

This line is open to mis-interpretation:

"Firebird server and client are free of all licensing, regardless of
whether you download a binary or build it yourself from the source code."

I think the intention is to say that it is licensed in such a way that users
need not pay fees for its use. It certainly isn't free of licencing. In fact
the guys who actually appended the boilerplates to the code actually went
overboard, in my opinion. I mean, how can you licence the line that goes in
the services file? There are other anomalies, too, which I shall note next
time I run in to them.

> They need to correct this. They are wrong and can lose their right to work
> with
> the IPL code in particular from section 3.1 which stops modifiers from
> distribution the source under something other than the IPL
> ...

I don't think anyone in Firebird is under the illusion that they can change
the licence. Only the copyright holder can do that.


Paul Reeves
taking InterBase further