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Re: Knoppix and GPL

On Sun, Apr 27, 2003 at 07:40:58PM -0500, Darryl Palmer wrote:
> 3. You may copy and distribute the Program (or a work based on it, under
> Section 2) in object code or executable form under the terms of Sections
> 1 and 2 above provided that you also do one of the following:

> a) Accompany it with the complete corresponding machine-readable source
> code, which must be distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2
> above on a medium customarily used for software interchange; or,

> b) Accompany it with a written offer, valid for at least three years, to
> give any third party, for a charge no more than your cost of physically
> performing source distribution, a complete machine-readable copy of the
> corresponding source code, to be distributed under the terms of Sections
> 1 and 2 above on a medium customarily used for software interchange; or,

> c) Accompany it with the information you received as to the offer to
> distribute corresponding source code. (This alternative is allowed only
> for noncommercial distribution and only if you received the program in
> object code or executable form with such an offer, in accord with
> Subsection b above.)

> Now maybe my interpretation is bad but it states that you only have to
> do one of the following 3 clauses.  Clause C does not require that the
> source be offered for 3 years and since Knoppix is a noncommercial
> distribution and the offer to distribute it was provided with the CD by
> listing a valid Internet location to download it, how exactly is it in
> violation of the GPL?  Maybe it is a general misinterpretation that the
> source has to be available for 3 years, or your are referring to another
> version of the GPL

Option C can only be used if someone else has used option B, and you are
redistributing copies of binaries you received from this other party.
When either option B or option C is invoked, this means the binaries
must be accompanied by a written offer for the source code.  It sounds
like this is not being done.  (If it is, please tell us where on the CD
the details of this offer can be found.)  The closest he comes seems to
be offering to provide sources IFF someone sends him a CDR -- I'm not
sure this meets the requirement, because it sounds like an additional
condition being imposed, one that increases the cost for international
users who want to get access to the source code.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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