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Re: Familiar packages



On Mon, Apr 07, 2003 at 08:07:15AM +1000, Russell Coker wrote:
> On Sun, 6 Apr 2003 23:08, Richard Braakman wrote:
> > On Sun, Apr 06, 2003 at 08:39:16AM +1000, Russell Coker wrote:
> > > The source is available.  I can give the details of the CVS etc.  But
> > > making the source all available with the package is rather painful
> > > (someone else has done the compilation etc).
> >
> > GPL 3a requires you to "accompany [the executable] with the complete
> > corresponding machine-readable source code".  I don't think providing
> > pointers to CVS archives fits this meaning of "accompany".
> >
> > The only other option that I can see (which AFAIK has never been used
> > by Debian) is that you provide a written offer to give the source code
> > (at cost) to any third party, according to 3b, and Debian distributes
> > it in non-free according to 3c.
> 
> OK, this sounds like the upstream is doing something wrong then.  I'll contact 
> them about this.

Familiar has been in stubborn violation of the GPL for most of the
time it has existed. They claim there are more important things to
worry about. I suspect the FSF would disagree.

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