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Re: New summary: Binary peripheral software

On Tue, 6 Apr 2004 23:45:18 +1000
Hamish Moffatt <hamish@debian.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 05, 2004 at 08:33:45PM +0200, Andreas Barth wrote:
> > No, that's not acceptable. Because that means that we just can drop
> > DFSG #2. However, if the upstream maintainer (not necessarily the
> > copyright holder) _treats_ the binary as source for his own changes,
> > than it is the source.
> Really?
> What's to stop somebody distributing binaries for a program,
> licensed under the GPL, and when asked for the source (in the preferred
> form for modification), saying the binary is it? For any binary at all.

You realise that some people actually distribute GPL-licensed works in
binary form, and that that binary form is the form they modify?

(Say, image files anyone?)

The GPL is vague about "preferred form for modification" for a reason.

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