[Bf-committers] GPL or (c) infringement?
martin at zero-based.org
Thu Mar 10 19:44:18 CET 2005
Ton Roosendaal <ton at blender.org> writes:
> For the License diehards out here; a while ago we discovered a
> "company" reselling Blender and Gimp under its own name;
> He's advertising and selling on ebay.com with this as well. Just today
> I received a mail from a victim of this spoof, telling Luxuriosity
> didn't give refunds.
Warning: I am not a lawyer.
Can you ask the victim if the CD contains the complete source code and a
copy of the GPL? If it doesn't, that would be an obvious GPL violation.
> does GPL allow you to fully rebrand and repackage a product
Yes, the GPL allows that (as long as the terms of the GPL are obeyed, of
> without crediting the origins?
No, Section 2a of the GPL forbits this.
However, the fact that they don't mention Blender on their webpage is
not a GPL violation per se. Somebody should get hold of the CD and
carefully examine it - that is the only way to determine for sure how
the GPL has been violated.
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