Re: [uCsimm] Digital Cam...

From: Egil Kvaleberg (
Date: Thu Jan 13 2000 - 08:57:17 EST

On Thu, 13 Jan 2000, you wrote:

> GPL 3.b says:
> b) Accompany it with a written offer, valid for at least three
> years, to give any third party, for a charge no more than your
> cost of physically performing source distribution, a complete
> machine-readable copy of the corresponding source code, to be
> distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium
> customarily used for software interchange; or,
> Doesn't that mean that as soon as Axim sells their camera,
> they have to provide the source to everyone who requests it
> (even if he didn't buy anything)?


It means that anyone that posesses a copy of the written offer may
request a copy of the source code.

If they never issued a written offer to anyone, and have distributed their
binaries, then they have not complied with GPL.

The problem now, is that the only ones that, legally speaking, have a
position where they can demand them to comply are the people whose
copyright has been infringed, i.e. Linus and others.

This is IMHO a significant weakness with the GPL concept. And one reason
why assigning copyright to FSF may be a good idea, since they have at
least *some* legal resources available to put at least a *certain* weight
behind their demands.


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