Hello all,

I do not like the idea of making any extension to FreeMind's GNU GPL V2+. I for one am not going to release my contributions under an extended license, unless convinced that it is critical for the continuation of the FreeMind project. In the worst case, I would consider the possibility of releasing my contributions into public domain, which is a license that is easy to understand and manage. Promulgating various modified versions of licenses in the open source landscape creates IMHO confusion, to be better avoided.

Also, I do not have any personal contact to Joerg Mueller. I was in contact with him per email, back during 2002. He still has a user at SourceForge, so theoretically, sending messages to that user would be a way to contact him, although I am quite pessimistic about the success of this method.

Various other contributors have contributed patches under GNU GPL V2+.

What should be much easier and safer as regards copyright is to replace all the offending icons with icons that have an okay license.

Also notice my patch, maybe one year old, in which I have posted icons for boldface and italics that are of my own creation, licensed appropriately.

Best regards,

On Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 11:27 PM, Dimitry Polivaev <dpolivaev@gmx.de> wrote:
 > Anyway, 2nd point is copyright and the same and some issues with
 > licenses, I've created a patch on this topic:
 > Can we discuss this and/or have at least the main copyright owners
 > Chris, Dan and Dimitry agree to the "patch"?


personally I agree with the following copyright extension:

> In addition, as a special exception, the copyright holders of
> FreeMind give you permission to combine FreeMind with free software
> programs or libraries that are released under an open source license

satisfying the open source definition given by the OSI
and approved by the OSI,

> see <http://opensource.org/>. You may copy and distribute such a system
> following the terms of the GNU GPL for FreeMind and the licenses of
> the other code concerned.
> Note that people who make modified versions of FreeMind are not
> obligated to grant this special exception for their modified
> versions; it is their choice whether to do so. The GNU General Public
> License gives permission to release a modified version without this
> exception; this exception also makes it possible to release a
> modified version which carries forward this exception.


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