selling GPL sources

Ian Lance Taylor ian at
Mon Sep 19 23:07:11 UTC 2005

"Guilherme C. Hazan" <guich at> writes:

> I'm aware of a program that uses the GPL license and the author made
> the binaries free but not the sources. He asks a fee for the sources
> (about 100usd).
> Is this legal or is he infringing the GPL license?

The GPL permits "a charge no more than your cost of physically
performing source distribution."  If his cost is 100USD or greater,
than he is not infringing.  If his cost is less than 100USD, then he
is infringing.


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