Yet another 'What License Is Best For Me?'

Ben Tilly btilly at
Sat Jan 20 00:23:01 UTC 2007

On 1/18/07, David Favro < at> wrote:
> John Cowan wrote:
> > David Favro scripsit:
> >
> >> I don't want to sell the software, and I specifically want to prohibit
> >> anyone else from selling it!
> >>
> >
> > The thing is, no license can prevent you yourself from selling it: the
> > most you can do is prevent other people from doing so, which is considered
> > unfair.
> >
> Interesting point.  While the license may not, what if someone signed
> the copyright over to a trust the bylaws of which specifically
> prohibited selling it?  IANAL so I don't even know if such a thing is
> possible -- just thinking "out loud."

In any case it is irrelevant to me.  If someone came up with software
that truly can't be sold at all, then it can't be included on a CD,
which means that it won't be included in places like Debian, which
means that (as far as I am concerned) it might as well not exist.


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