Subject: Re: Do download sites violate GNU GPL programs?
From: John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 12:41:14 -0500

Lior W. scripsit:

> VirtualDub is an example of a popular GNU GPL program for which only 
> binaries are hosted by download sites (except the official site).
> 
> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#SourceAndBinaryOnDifferentSites 
> (in case it's also relevant for the older GPLv2) states it's only valid 
> to not also host the source code) if they "provide clear instructions 
> people can follow to obtain the source." Well, they don't.

In that case, they are in breach, and the FSF could sue them, *if* they
wanted to bother.  Probably most of these sites are judgment-proof.

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