OSI enforcement?

David Woolley forums at david-woolley.me.uk
Thu Jan 10 23:20:21 UTC 2008

Philippe Verdy wrote:

> Users of any GPL'ed softwares are not limited to ask for the sources only to
> their direct distributors, they can request them to any party that was

Not any party, but only parties who distributed the binary as part of a 
business, (or who modified the version they are distributing) and 
included a written offer to provide the sources and which the requestor 
should have received.  The licence only requires that written offer if 
the sources were not supplied at the same time as the binary.  Obviously 
look at the actual text for the exact conditions.

The licence permits a charge for the direct costs of providing the source.

I don't see any way that you can go past the last modifier, using this 

As I see it, the rule exists to encourage commercial distributors to 
supply source up front,

David Woolley
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