china buying software

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Fri Jan 21 04:52:13 UTC 2011

On 21/01/2011 15:35, Christopher Chan wrote:
> 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?

No idea. Haven't bothered to look - have had no need to do so. All I 
cared about is that it is using Linux -HEY! :-) . But if I am forced 
I'll have to get off my butt and go find the instructions booklet :-) .


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