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Re: Knoppix and GPL



On Sun, 27 Apr 2003, Darryl Palmer wrote:

> Looking at the GPL it has this statement:
> 
> 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 (This one is GPL license available from
> http://opensource.org/licenses/gpl-license.php).

Hardly anybody distributes via 3.b - at least Debian doesn't: we
distribute the source alongside the binaries.  Therefore nobody who got
the software from us can distribute using 3.c.

Peter
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