When does a vendor need to provide sourcecode for products?
eagle at cyberdelia.de
Thu Oct 26 12:31:31 CEST 2006
On Thu, 26 Oct 2006, Armijn Hemel wrote:
>> Well, this is a clear violation of the GPL i think. The problem is: The
>> vendor does not have a download/trial version available on the website. So
>> my question is: Does the vendor need to provide the source code for the
>> GPL parts of the software to anyone or just to customers?
> That depends. There are basically two options, which are outlined in the
> GPL in sections 3a and 3b. The 3a section says (roughly said): ship the
> sourcecode with the product, section 3b says (again, roughly): add an offer
> for the sourcecode for any third party, valid for three years.
Ah, ok. So almost impossible to check as a non-customer of the product...
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