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Re: Bug#383481: Must source code be easy to understand to fall under DFSG?

On 11/4/06, Francesco Poli <frx@firenze.linux.it> wrote:
IMO, whenever there's any doubt about which is the preferred form
("preferred by whom?"), we should follow the preferences of the last
modifier: if you actually modify a work, you've shown in practice what
is your preferred form for modifications (rather than simply claiming in
a vacuum what *would* be your preferred form, should you make
modifications that you don't actually make!).

What if a person downloads a GPLed binary and then modifies that
binary directly?

Can he/she now distribute *only* the binary under the GPL by saying
that the binary is his/her "preferred form for modifications".

If yes, then GPL seems to have a severe loophere here, as anyone who
wants to distribute GPLed binaries without the original source can
just do some (trivial) modifications to the binary, and then
distribute this binary as the source.

An additional question to consider (in addition to "preferred by
whom") might be "preferred for what reason". Quite many people might
prefer to modify the actual binary if it allows them to distribute the
binary as the source.

Markus Laire

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