[ILUG] GPL violation?
kae at verens.com
Mon Nov 15 11:03:34 GMT 2004
Conor Daly wrote:
>Just came across a helpdesk suite called helpdesk revolution which claims on
>their front page to be "Help Desk Support Software.100% Free GPL Help Desk"
>and then, on the download page (in a jpg so you can't copy the text):
>"Copyright 2004. GPL Limited License Terms
> You may not Resell this Software
> You may not Redistribute this Software without prior authorisation
> You may not use this Software to create Direct Profit
> You may not Reengineer this Software
> contact legal at helpdeskrevolutions.com for any questions..."
>I presume this is a violation of the GPL. Not that I dispute their right to
>impose restrictions on their software but claiming "100% Free GPL" along
>with contradictory restrictions seems a little underhand to me...
>I presume a note to fsf.org is in order. Any other thoughts?
Are you sure GPL refers to the OS license, and not a company? Replacing
the TLA "GPL" above with, say, "Microsoft" still keeps context:
"Help Desk Support Software.100% Free Microsoft Help Desk"
"Copyright 2004. Microsoft Limited License Terms
You may not Resell this Software
You may not Redistribute this Software without prior authorisation
You may not use this Software to create Direct Profit
You may not Reengineer this Software
contact legal at helpdeskrevolutions.com for any questions..."
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