selling GPL sources
Guilherme C. Hazan
guich at superwaba.com.br
Mon Sep 19 23:52:13 UTC 2005
>>> 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.
> The original poster said this person was the "author" of the program. If
> he in fact owns all copyright, then he can do whatever weird distribution
> scheme he wants, yes? Other people, if they happen to somehow receive a
> copy licensed under the GPL, would then need to follow the GPL if they
> wanted to distribute it (or derivative works) further.
This makes sense. But suppose the author just want to use GPL, not a
weird license. Or lets suppose that someone else but the author gets the
GPLd software and asks for a fee of the sources. Without any other
assumptions (such as this doesnt make sense bc others can give the
source for free), will this be illegal?
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