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From: "Kevin F. Quinn" <kevquinn@g.o>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev] Re: GPL and Source code providing
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 22:17:56
Message-Id: 20060629001752.01c9e617@c1358217.kevquinn.com
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-dev] Re: GPL and Source code providing by Maurice van der Pot
On Wed, 28 Jun 2006 21:20:00 +0200
Maurice van der Pot <griffon26@g.o> wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 28, 2006 at 07:54:12PM +0200, Kevin F. Quinn wrote: > > You don't have to do this > > for binary files copied from a Gentoo Live CD, as in that case > > you're a third party (like a courier, or the postman) and can can > > simply refer back to Gentoo. > > According to the FSF you need to provide the sources also for things > you did not modify (see the link ciaran provided), because you are > redistributing those binaries and distribution means you have to > provide sources yourself. It is not enough to refer to other parties, > because those other parties can take their sources offline and you > will still have to provide your users with the sources if/when they > want them. > > You are responsible for providing the sources of any GPL binaries you > distribute. > > Maurice.
I was thinking about what they say here: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#TOCWhatDoesWrittenOfferValid which implies that if someone receives binaries from a third party, it's the original distributor that has to honour the offer (said offer being distributed/forwarded with the binaries). In particular clause 3c of the license permits non-commercial distribution of binary code without source code provided the offer from the originator accompanies the binaries: ---- except from http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.txt 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.) ---- -- Kevin F. Quinn

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