[nycbug-talk] Re: wasabi
jlam at pkgsrc.org
Mon Jan 23 14:54:36 EST 2006
Marco Scoffier wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 23, 2006 at 02:06:28PM -0500, Marc Spitzer wrote:
>>But once you have shipped one copy your customer can demand a copy of
>>the source, which you must provide, and put it up on source forge for
>>all the world to download.
> Is this one of the loopholes which is being fixed ? Sounds like FUD,
> but I don't know for sure.
I don't know what you mean by "loophole". The basic principles behind
the GPL is that anyone who gets the binary distribution of a piece of
software must be able to get the sources, and that anyone can
redistribute that software. The GPL takes a while to explain precisely
this, but that's the general aim.
This applies to your example in that your customer, to whom you've sold
your GPLed software (binary + sources), can now freely distribute the
exact same binary and sources according to the GPL. Which means, as
Marc pointed out, they can upload it to SourceForge and let anyone
-- Johnny Lam <jlam at pkgsrc.org>
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