GPL compliance

Daniel Carrera daniel.carrera at
Fri Jun 30 14:58:35 UTC 2006

On Fri, 2006-30-06 at 16:35 +0200, Alexander Skwar wrote:
> >  If the user wanting the source code doesn't have access to
> > the internet, that's his own problem.
> I disagree. If a user got Ubuntu (or any GPL software) on CD and
> has no Internet, why should he be forced to buy something (Internet
> access) just so that he can make use of his rights? That doesn't make
> sense to me.

Indeed... the requirement on 3(a) of "medium customarily used for
software interchange" is a bit vague and fuzzy. My interpretation would
be that if you use the same medium you used for the binaries then that's
fair enough. So, if I'm distributing binaries on-line, then putting the
sources on-line on the same location would be ok. But if I'm giving you
the binaries on a CD, then the sources should be available on CD and I
expect that putting them on-line would *not* satisfy the 3(a)
requirement. But this interpretation is mostly a guess. The license text
on 3(a) really isn't very clear.

  "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the
  unreasonable man tries to adapt the world to himself.
  Therefore all progress depends on unreasonable men."
        -- George Bernard Shaw

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