Inclusion of MXit plugin into Pidgin

Ethan Blanton elb at
Wed Sep 2 09:37:06 EDT 2009

Francois Botha spake unto us the following wisdom:
> To me, advertising is against the spirit of Pidgin, but that's a touch feely
> thing I can't substantiate.  MXit make millions off their mobile advertising
> anyway.
> To clear up some legal issues, am I allowed to take MXit's source, remove
> the advertising, repackage the plugin (for Windows and other operating
> systems) and host it on my own site? Of course I'll provide the modified
> source as well.  Or do I have to look at MXit's license for the answer?

If you are not, then the MXit plugin is license-incompatible with
Pidgin, and they must either relicense it immediately or cease
distribution entirely.


The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws [that have no remedy
for evils].  They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor
determined to commit crimes.
		-- Cesare Beccaria, "On Crimes and Punishments", 1764
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