Re: xchat is now shareware in windoze
> Raul Miller writes:
> > On Wed, Oct 20, 2004 at 03:19:41PM +0200, Giacomo A. Catenazzi wrote:
> > > Note: source is GPL, but for windoze binaries it is *required*
> > > a registration.
> > After looking at this for a bit, and thinking about it, it looks like
> > the shareware is a distribution charge, which is allowed under the GPL.
On Thu, Oct 21, 2004 at 03:16:38PM -0400, Michael Poole wrote:
> It is not a distribution charge; it is a charge on continued use,
> which is not allowed under the GPL.
He seems to be giving away the source, and has no problem with people
If that were the case, this would be a charge on continued use of that
distribution, not on continued use of the Program.
> The shareware version does not provide source code for things like the
> key checker (required by the GPL), does not provide a script or
> directions for linking against a different version of gtk+ (required
> by the LGPL), and apparently omits copyright notices (required by the
> GPL, LGPL and the OpenSSL libraries used). Unless the license texts
> are embedded in a prominent part of the "shareware" xchat.exe
> executable, they are not included in the shareware version, so users
> do not know what the licenses really are.
If the key checker is a part of the program, this is a rather serious
Of course, combining GPLed code and OpenSSL code was also a problem,
last time I checked.
> > Note that this has some implications about the rights of users of xchat,
> > whether or not they register their shareware. [Users who wish to
> > redistribute are allowed to, as long as they satsify GPL's requirements.]
> Users cannot satisfy the GPL's requirements for redistribution, since
> they do not have the source code to rebuild the key-checking code, and
> they do not have scripts or directions to build minigtk.dll.
Which means he's not satisfying GPL's requirements either, for the
stuff other people hold copyrights on.