Resolving Chitech CT-PC89E GPL Copyright Violation
arnoud at engelfriet.net
Sun Mar 21 11:44:07 CET 2010
Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:
> illegal condition was added, in direct violation of the GPL, that if a
> deposit was given and an order placed for units, the GPL source code
> would be provided.
Just to be clear: why is this illegal? I can state any condition
I want /before/ I give you GPL source code. If I want to give you
the source only if you buy some hardware units, I can do that. If
I want upfront payment I can do that.
The /one/ thing I cannot do is impose conditions upon me giving you
source code after I have already given you a binary.
The deposit condition seems to be absolutely legal if it applies only
to new units. Was this how it was originally formulated?
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