[Ilugc] Question about GPL violations [closure]
sivakumar at collab.net
Wed Feb 13 14:54:38 IST 2008
To add up to this. There should be some documentation which
allows the user to modify the GPL source and rebuild the
same application with the changes. Below is the reference for this.
"Installation Information" for a User Product means any methods,
procedures, authorization keys, or other information required to install
and execute modified versions of a covered work in that User Product
a modified version of its Corresponding Source. The information must
suffice to ensure that the continued functioning of the modified object
code is in no case prevented or interfered with solely because
modification has been made.
PS: I have not browsed this thread from its start, hope this helps ;)
From: ilugc-bounces at ae.iitm.ac.in [mailto:ilugc-bounces at ae.iitm.ac.in]
On Behalf Of Kenneth Gonsalves
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 2:45 PM
Subject: Re: [Ilugc] Question about GPL violations [closure]
On 13-Feb-08, at 2:41 PM, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
> Kenneth Gonsalves wrote:
>> On 13-Feb-08, at 1:31 PM, S.Ramaswamy wrote:
>>>> This is not a requirement of the GPL license. They only need to
>>>> source code to those they have provided binaries. Public
>>>> distribution of
>>>> source code is never mandated by the license.
>>> Correct. I think it's the act of distribution that makes the GPL
>>> kick in.
>> if you distribute to even *one* person, anyone else is also
>> entitled to ask for the source - not just that one person
> If a person gets a source, he or she is free to distribute the
> source to other people. However distributing a source to one person
> does not automatically entitle other people to demand the source
> from the originator providing the binaries.
from the gpl faq:
What does "written offer valid for any third party" mean in GPLv2?
Does that mean everyone in the world can get the source to any GPL'ed
program no matter what?
If you choose to provide source through a written offer, then
anybody who requests the source from you is entitled to receive it.
If you commercially distribute binaries not accompanied with
source code, the GPL says you must provide a written offer to
distribute the source code later. When users non-commercially
redistribute the binaries they received from you, they must pass
along a copy of this written offer. This means that people who did
not get the binaries directly from you can still receive copies of
the source code, along with the written offer.
The reason we require the offer to be valid for any third party
is so that people who receive the binaries indirectly in that way can
order the source code from you.
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