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Re: Licensing

From: Miroslav Šulc <miroslav(dot)sulc(at)startnet(dot)cz>
To: Bruno Wolff III <bruno(at)wolff(dot)to>
Cc: Lance Obermeyer <LObermey(at)pervasive(dot)com>,pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Licensing
Date: 2005-03-05 16:46:31
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Bruno Wolff III wrote:

>On Sat, Mar 05, 2005 at 09:48:24 +0100,
>  Miroslav ?ulc <miroslav(dot)sulc(at)startnet(dot)cz> wrote:
>  
>
>>If I understood MySQL licensing correctly, simply said, end user has two
>>choices:
>>
>>1) when using application that is licensed under GPL, he/she can use
>>MySQL for free
>>2) when using application under any other license (simplified), he/she
>>must pay for each MySQL installation
>>    
>>
>
>No really. The software is GPL and you can use it as you would any GPL
>software. However MySQL threatans to take people to court if they use
>the software commercially. They may or may not win, but this gets companies
>to pay MySQL license fees rather than pay to go to court.
>  
>
As I wrote in another e-mail to this thread, I'm no more interested in 
MySQL and its licensing so I might eplain it not perfectly.

>In theory if your application isn't tied tightly to MySQL you should be
>able to win a lawsuit. But the first couple of companies that did this
>will probably end up paying more in court costs than license fees.
>  
>
I think the "new" MySQL licensing is not very clear and it might be an 
opportunity to increase the PostgreSQL user base :-)

>I don't think their licensing stance is ethical. Because they own the
>full copyright and effectively own the developers, they could play other
>games down the road as well.
>  
>

Miroslav Šulc


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