A dual license system for code libraries?

Paul Boddie paul at boddie.org.uk
Tue Feb 28 12:51:02 UTC 2017

On Tuesday 28. February 2017 10.11.04 Agner Fog wrote:
> On 27-02-2017 15:44, Paul Boddie wrote:
> > What would be interesting to see is an organisation that can invoice
> > people for spending money on Free Software which remains Free Software.
> Yes, exactly. An organization to sell license exceptions to GPL software.

No, that is not what I meant. Maybe that is what you would be interested in, 
but what I would be interested in is an organisation that allows people to 
acquire Free Software under the normal licensing terms - no exceptions or 
alternative licences - in a way that satisfies their organisation's 
bureaucratic requirements of having a nominated supplier and for there to be a 
transaction they can record.

Once upon a time, the FSF sold tapes with all the GNU software on them, and I 
guess there were also paper manuals you could buy. Such things were apparently 
one way of satisfying such bureaucratic requirements where donations would 
otherwise be made. What I would be interested in are ways of achieving this in 
a world where no physical artefacts need to be exchanged.


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