Re: Distributing GPL software.
Daniel Carrera said on Wed, Jan 11, 2006 at 10:06:52PM +0000,:
> Michael Poole wrote:
> >As GPL section 3(c) indicates, you may use that option if you were
> >given a written offer to provide source *and* your distribution is
> >"noncommercial". You have given no hint whether your distribution
> >could be considered commercial, and the GPL is unfortunately vague
> >as to what it means by "noncommercial distribution".
> These CDs are for the SCALE conference (Sourthern California Linux
> Expo). I was thinking of selling the CDs at like $1 to recover the cost.
> I guess that constitutes "commercial" use :(
> If by "written permission" the GPL means "paper", then I certainly don't
> have that :( If written can be "electronic" I'll check the distribution
> to see if it has that.
Download the binary and the *corresponding* source code. While
distributing only the binary. put on the CD, a file saying that the
source code to every binary on the CD is available from you to the
person you gave the cd. (``Sources are available from <address>''
will do). Now, if somebody says that you are doing commercial
distribution, you can comply by giving sources to the persons who
contact you at the <address>. (you now comply with 3(b) ).
I suppose you will be distributing the binaries as you download them;
so hunt down the url from where the sources are available. Include
URIs to both the binary and source in (preferably the same as in above
para) file on the cd. This should reduce the burden of requests for
sources made direct to you.
Mahesh T. Pai
Copying an idea is plagiarism. Copying many ideas
from many authors is RESEARCH.