LG violates GPL?
Bradley M. Kuhn
bkuhn at ebb.org
Fri Oct 9 14:59:03 CEST 2009
Allan Hardy wrote at 10:49 (EDT) on Thursday:
> We always 'ship source with binaries' to keep us out of trouble
It's so good to read that, and I wish more commercial companies were as
enlightened as yours on this point.
Commercial companies are generally obsessed with doing offers for
source. The main reason I believe they do this as they think it will
somehow be better for them, and they won't actually have to prepare a
source release because they actually believe no one will ever ask.
As people on this mailing list know, one of "us" :) will always ask for
it, and then they have to come into compliance.
The three year obligation to produce media and ship it to people is a
real pain for companies, but until they have been through it they just
won't believe the GPL enforcement community when we tell them that.
I've been telling violating companies that very point since 1999 when I
started doing GPL enforcement, ten years later, they *still* always want
to do the offer for source anyway.
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