Re: Copyright Question
> Hi Chris
> Very pragmatic reasoning. I wondered the same thing. From a
> practical standpoint, why would someone ask us for source code (ie,
> order it, pay for replication costs, then wait for it to be shipped)
Not everybody who will get ahold of your product has a network
connection. Debian won't be around forever.
> when you could download immediately for free. In any event we want
> to error on the side of caution and will cite the applicable
> language from the GPL.
The short form is that you probably have to distribute the source with
the binary -- say, on a CD -- or you have to offer to distribute the
source for three years. That last is pretty onerous; it's probably
easier to drop a CD with a copy of the source *you use*, not just the
pure Debian source, into each box.
Just think -- you might end up with a community of people making
improvements to your firmware, and distributing them under the GPL
such that you can take advantage of it.
Brian Sniffen firstname.lastname@example.org