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Re: Meaning of `source code'

From: "Oliver Elphick" <olly@lfix.co.uk>
> I have asked them, but they do not want to distribute the Eiffel code. 
> I think they have dreams of making a parallel commercial distribution.
> Although the GPL gives the right to the ultimate source, it is only
> enforceable by the original author; so that's a dead end, isn't it?

It's worse than that. It can be enforced on US. Under the terms of the GPL
we have no legal right to distribute the program if we can't provide the
Eiffel source code, and the copyright holder could hold us to that at any

Please put the program in non-free, and put a note in the copyright on
the package to this effect:

	The original source code of this program is in the Eiffel language,
	and is not available. This violates the GPL. The package has been
	placed in non-free until this is resolved.

I will send a copy of the package to Richard Stallman, and have him
discuss it with them.


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