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

Simon Jenkins sjenkins at blueyonder.co.uk
Sat Apr 10 13:18:38 UTC 2004

Marek Peteraj wrote:

>>Please help me out with this: I thought we just had to make the sources
>>available (they will be available on our or via our web site), return
>>any changes we make to the developers (we haven't changed much but we
>>have contributed back to the Wine project, for instance), and not change
>>or remove the copyright notices from the source (which of course we
>The safest bet is to do the following:
>1. Don't restrict access to object/executable 
>and also provide a download for corresponding source-code
>at the same place on the website
>(by doing that you'll be providing it to any third party and
>accompanying it with the complete corresponding machine-readable
>source-code on the website)
There's no obligation to make the object/executeable generally available.
Distribute it to as many or as few people as you like.

>2. Also either include the source-code on a CD shipped with the product
>which contains the object/executable that is run in the product(or make
>a written offer where it can't be missed, which is harder), or if you
>don't ship such CD, make a written offer in the manuals.
Yes: Distribute the source, or a written offer to provide the source 
code, valid
for three years. (If you also make the source available by FTP then 
maybe nobody
will ever order a physical copy).

But also (important):

3. A copy of the GPL licence itself must accompany the executeable!

Simon Jenkins

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