Restriction on distribution by Novell?

Philippe Verdy verdy_p at
Wed Sep 27 13:53:01 UTC 2006

But Novell could still comply with the GPL (v2 or v3) by providing several ways to get the sources in the written offer:
* one for its subscribers only with fast delivery and assistance through its update service
* one everybody, a conventional website where users can seek and peek up the sources as needed
* or for everybody also, through a commercial service that will package the sources and deliver them to requesters on a storage media (at reasonnable price covering humane handling, the cost of the storage media and shipping)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Wilson, Andrew" <andrew.wilson at>
To: "Rick Moen" <rick at>; <license-discuss at>
Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 11:47 PM
Subject: RE: Restriction on distribution by Novell?

Rick Moen wrote:

>> No, not under GPLv2.  Novell's obligation to provide sources extends
>> only to those who obtain a copy of the binary from Novell.
>> GPLv3 may change this.
> Doesn't anyone _read_ the text?  Any lawful recipient (including
> non-customers given copies of the work by customers) may invoke
> clause 3b obligation to furnish corresponding source code to any third
> party.

Some of us have actually read the text and understood it. ;-)
See my response to Matthew.  Your reading is incorrect.


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