Re: Give Out Just Binary CDS [was: Paying CD vendors for freebies]
Aaron Van Couwenberghe wrote:
> On Fri, May 28, 1999 at 12:47:11AM +0200, Richard Braakman wrote:
> > email@example.com wrote:
> > > And from a GPL morality standpoint, there's nothing in the GPL that says
> > > one *has* to give away the source right then, right there, and at zero
> > > cost. Even the FSF sells some fairly expensive CDs of the stuff that's
> > > available via ftp.
> > However, you will have to give them a written offer, valid for at least
> > three years, to supply the source at cost if anyone asks for it.
> > The FSF makes money from selling CDs of their archive, but I'd be
> > surprised if they sold any without source.
> > Richard Braakman
> The way I see it, this is a non-issue. as long as we make sources available
> (via the net) we are in complete compliance with our self-imposed
They are not self-imposed, they are imposed by the authors of the GPL'd
programs we are distributing. Pointing to sources on the net does not
fulfill the requirements, because we don't guarantee in writing that
they will stay there for three years. (And in fact, they are not likely to.)