[Ubuntu-gaming] [ubuntu-us-ma] Fwd: [FSF] Breakthrough for Free Software Gaming

Ioan Calin Borcoman iborco at gmail.com
Fri May 7 08:46:07 BST 2010

Please read the GPL more carefully, as you are greatly confused.

GPL does not require to distribute the code to everybody. It requires
to distribute the code only to those that bought the code. As a
seller, you can choose to distribute the source-code on a CD, along
with the binaries. This way you are covered by the requirements of the
GPL and nobody except your customer can legally force you to provide
your 3 line change that you charge with 100K EUR. This is the model
adopted by Montavista.

Read more here:



On Thu, May 6, 2010 at 7:57 PM, Martin Owens <doctormo at gmail.com> wrote:
> Not quite
> If you publish something that is GPL that you did not write and you sell
> it, then anyone (not just the seller) can ask for the source code
> without having to pay any cost at all, since price is a barrier. Of
> course you can sell the same code in easy to use binaries, cds or
> galactic punes.
> There is no free as in beer in the FOSS world, it's free as in "someone
> already paid for this beer, they got the round in"
> Martin,
> On Thu, 2010-05-06 at 10:26 -0400, Paul Tagliamonte wrote:
>> That's not actually illegal. You can sell code ( that's the free as in
>> beer part ), but to remain open source you have to provide the source
>> code at a modest ( at most ) price ( free as in freedom part )
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