[Bf-committers] GPL or (c) infringement?

Martin Dickopp martin at zero-based.org
Thu Mar 10 20:27:13 CET 2005

Tom M <letterrip at gmail.com> writes:

>> 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.
> Doesn't require you ship the source unless requested to, only have to
> include a copy of the license.

They have to either accompany the binary with the source code (Section
3a of the GPL), or accompany it with a written offer to provide the
source "for a charge no more than [the] cost of physically performing
source distribution" (Section 3b).

Note that if they invoke 3b, they have to offer to give the source to
"any third party," not just the person who received the binary.


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