selling GPL sources
Ian Lance Taylor
ian at airs.com
Tue Sep 20 03:55:52 UTC 2005
"Guilherme C. Hazan" <guich at superwaba.com.br> 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.
> Sorry, isnt the opposite? If it is 100 or less, then its ok,
> otherwise, if is more than 100, then is illegal?
I think I got it right. The distributor of a program under the GPL is
allowed to charge anything up to his or her cost to make a copy. If
his cost is $200, then it is OK for him to charge $100 (or indeed
anything up to $200). If his cost is $50, then it is not OK for him
to charge $100 (but he could charge $50).
But of course what is going on here may be perfectly OK. You have
omitted almost all the important details.
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