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Re: [Pkg-octave-devel] PS documentation file, no sources, author died

On Sat, 30 May 2009 12:36:21 +0200 (CEST) hanke@volny.cz wrote:

> 2) It is clear that GPL aims to allow for freedom
> in manipulation with software. I don't think it
> implies that should the only source become unavailable
> due to higher circumstances (authors death),
> it must stop being distributed. Actually I would argue
> that this would actually go against the meaning
> of GNU GPL.

I don't think you are reading the GNU GPL the right way.

It is my understanding that the meaning of the GNU GPL is precisely
that you are *not* allowed to distribute *without* making source code
available: as a consequence, if you do *not* have source, you *cannot*
redistribute...  This stays true *both* before *and* after the death of
the copyright holder.

Disclaimers: IANAL, TINLA.

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