china buying software

Christopher Chan christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk
Fri Jan 21 04:35:31 UTC 2011


On Friday, January 21, 2011 10:50 AM, Basil Chupin wrote:
> On 21/01/2011 13:25, Jan Claeys wrote:
>> Cybe R. Wizard schreef op do 20-01-2011 om 13:52 [-0600]:
>>> that's a special case wherein the software is embedded. I suspect
>>> that one could make GPLed code availabile and clone the TVs as-is (as
>>> it were) and legally sell the clones
>> Provided that you distribute the sources to your customers, or accompany
>> your TVs with a written offer to do so... (but where would you get the
>> sources in the first place?).
>>
>> And in most cases such embeded firmwares also contain closed source
>> (userspace) software, and it would be illegal to copy that software
>> without permission from its authors too.
>
>
> Our 42inch (107cm) LG widescreen HD TV runs on Linux and has the GPL
> licence in the instructions booklet as an Appendix.
>

But can you get the source?



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