Re: Re: Re: Advices on choosing a documentation license for an upstreamproject
Joe Buck wrote, in
The GPL requires that anyone who receives the work also either receives
the source for the work (the preferred form for making changes), or...
Not quite; it requires that anyone *given* the work is also *given* the
source... as you note below, they can decline to take it.
>If he declines to take the
>source, he can't pass it on (unless he wants to sign up for the
>three-year offer or somehow obtain the source).
Actually, the first sale doctrine applies. He can pass it on, he just
can't pass on a *copy*.
If he wants to pass on a copy, he can darn well find the source or the
written offer (since he was offered one of them).
>You might want to add an exception to the GPL for your documentation,
>saying that a distributor is exempt from including source if they
>leave in a notice saying where on the web the latest source can be
>found, otherwise they must fully comply. The license would still be
Perfectly reasonable exception, although I'd add that the distributor
should guarantee that the source *can* be found on the web at that
location for three years. ;-) Which gets us pretty close to the
written offer again....