Restriction on distribution by Novell?

Matthew Flaschen superm40 at
Tue Sep 26 21:05:56 UTC 2006

Philippe Verdy wrote:

> The access rights to the source for sublicencees remain apparently indefinitely, and this is a severe problem.

No, the GPL states that they need only "Accompany it with a written 
offer, valid for at least three years, to give any third party, for a 
charge no more than your cost of physically performing source 
distribution, a complete machine-readable copy of the corresponding 
source code, to be distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above 
on a medium customarily used for software interchange." They need only 
provide source for three years in accordance with the written offer (or 
they don't have to provide source to third parties at all if they 
distribute it with the binaries).

Matt Flaschen

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