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Re: Is there a free license which prohibits commercial derived works?

On Tue, Mar 27, 2001 at 06:45:22PM +0200, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> Previously Peter S Galbraith wrote:
> > :  Authors of free software on the other hand are generally looking
> > :  for some combination of the following:
> > : 
> > :  - Not allowing use of their code in commercial software. Since
> > :    they are releasing the code for others to use without any
> > :    profit to themselves, they don't want someone else to be
> > :    able to come along and make commercial software out of it.
> > 
> > Is there a license which meets this goal?
> > If not, shouldn't we remove the above goal from our web page?
> It should be reworded I think, replace commercial with proprietary.
Commercial means relating to commerce. Commerce is the exchange,
ie. buying and selling for profit, of goods.

Proprietary relates to ownership.

A proprietary product is not necessarily sold for profit and a
commercial product does not necessarily hoard the source.
Proprietary is the better word to use here.

This section has been changed to the following:
    Not allowing use of their code in proprietary software. Since they are releasing
    their code for all to use, they don't want to see others steal it.
    In this case, use of the code is seen as a trust: you may use it, as
    long as you play by the same rules.

James (Jay) Treacy

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