[linux-audio-dev] [OT] Linux, audio and the breach of GPL

Simon Jenkins sjenkins at blueyonder.co.uk
Sat Apr 10 01:43:42 UTC 2004

Jan Depner wrote:

>I agree completely.  The relevant quote from the GPL FAQ is this:
>    "You're supposed to provide the source code by mail-order on a
>physical medium, if someone orders it. You are welcome to offer people a
>way to copy the corresponding source code by FTP, in addition to the
>mail-order option, but FTP access to the source is not sufficient to
>satisfy section 3 of the GPL."
>    "When a user orders the source, you have to make sure to get the
>source to that user. If a particular user can conveniently get the
>source from you by anonymous FTP, fine--that does the job. But not every
>user can do such a download. The rest of the users are just as entitled
>to get the source code from you, which means you must be prepared to
>send it to them by post."
>    "If the FTP access is convenient enough, perhaps no one will choose
>to mail-order a copy. If so, you will never have to ship one. But you
>cannot assume that."
>    "Of course, it's easiest to just send the source with the binary in
>the first place."
>The important point is "if someone orders it".
True, maybe nobody will order it. But they're supposed to supply a 
__written__ offer that if anyone does order it, it will be sent.

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