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From: Mivz <mivz@...>
Subject: Re: GPL and Source code providing
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 16:28:42 +0200
Kevin F. Quinn wrote:
> On Wed, 28 Jun 2006 11:21:45 +0200
> Mivz <mivz@...> wrote:
> 
>> Does this obligation, to provide your own source, also count for a
>> none Gentoo developer making a overlay tree for one of his projects
>> which is licensed under de GPL-2?
> 
> If your project is licensed under the GPL-2, you have to honour the
> provisions of that license.  You can't license something under the GPL
> and not provide the source.
> 
> If you're distributing binary packages, you need to distribute also the
> source code that went to make up those binary packages (i.e. your
> changes/additions and also both upstream sources).
> 
> If you're only distributing source code (e.g. ebuild scripts, patch
> files) then there's nothing further you need to do.
> 
>> Would that mean that, if u write software using the portage system,
>> that every package that is used by one of your own should be
>> available from a server of your own?
> 
> You need to provide the source for all binaries you distribute.
> 
>> If, the developer should also provide it's own file server with all
>> those packages, this would cause that every developer that wanted to
>> make a overlay should be a Gentoo file mirror?
> 
> Only if they distribute binaries, in which case source should be
> provided sufficient to build those binaries.
> 
>> Do my senses run wilde? Your just my imagination?
>> Do I understand this right?
> 
> If you're not sure whether something you do is compliant with the
> relevant licenses, talk to an appropriate lawyer.
> 

Tanks for the clear explanation. I get the point, I have to distribute
only my own sources for the overlay. But when I build a custom Live cd
or Stage 3 installation, I have to provide those packages from source
also or provide a Gentoo mirror. (which contains those)
And I have to look for a lawyer to be sure I do everything right.

Then I have got this one question, I don't need a answer too.

How free is free software if you need a lawyer and a expensive server
just to be able to publish your addition under your own name?

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Replies:
Re: GPL and Source code providing
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Re: GPL and Source code providing
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Re: GPL and Source code providing
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-- Greg KH
Re: GPL and Source code providing
-- Mike Doty
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