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Re: Some question in regard to Lindows

>>>>> "nick" == Nick Phillips <nwp@lemon-computing.com> writes:

    nick> On Thursday, January 9, 2003, at 10:39  am, A.J. Rossini wrote:
    >>>> Incorrect. The GPL requires that you *either* provide sources
    >>>> immediately, *or* provide
    >>>> a written offer to do so. If you provide the written offer then you
    >>>> must provide source not
    >>>> only to the person(s) to whom you provided the binaries and the
    >>>> original offer, but also
    >>>> to *ANY THIRD PARTY*.
    >> who has a copy of the written offer.

    nick> Nope. Section 3b of the GPL just says "any third party". Which
    nick> evidently includes those
    nick> in possession of the written offer...

    nick> I guess the rationale is something along the lines that they
    nick> must provide source to any third party who might conceivably
    nick> have had a copy of the written offer passed on to them by
    nick> the original recipient, and that that effectively means "any
    nick> third party".

Not quite -- the written copy can be given to any third party with
transfer of binaries, but it still must be given/recieved.  Read the
FAQ that I pointed you to again.

I.e. the second party (commericial entity selling code, or user)
recieves a means of requesting the code which can be granted to a
third party (user, or user's buddy).


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