BSD and MIT license "compliance" with the MS-PL

Chuck Swiger chuck at
Fri Apr 17 23:39:31 UTC 2009

On Apr 17, 2009, at 4:10 PM, Tzeng, Nigel H. wrote:
> GPL 2 requires that you distribute both binary and source.  Not pass  
> the buck upstream.

Actually, in point of fact, GPLv2 clause 3(c) lets you do exactly that:

     c) Accompany it with the information you received as to the offer
     to distribute corresponding source code.  (This alternative is
     allowed only for noncommercial distribution and only if you
     received the program in object code or executable form with such
     an offer, in accord with Subsection b above.)

3(b) refers to making an offer to provide source code for the next 3  
years, if you didn't distribute the sources with the binary in the  
first place, per 3(a).


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