Subject: RE: Advertising Clauses in Licenses
From: "Lawrence E. Rosen" <lrosen@rosenlaw.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2002 23:22:41 -0800

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Cowan [mailto:cowan@mercury.ccil.org] 
> Subject: Re: Advertising Clauses in Licenses 
> 
> Lawrence E. Rosen scripsit:
> 
> > I can't think of a reason why that wouldn't work.
> 
> Primarily because URLs aren't that stable: they come and go, 
> but free software goes on for decades in certain cases.  This 
> is why it's not enough under the GPL, when distributing 
> software in binary form, to say "Download source from here!"  
> You have to be willing to send it out on tape or CD-ROM or 
> what have you.

When the URL goes away, so will the distribution of the derivative work.
Software, too, comes and goes.  Such is life.  

As for the GPL, where does it say that you can't distribute source via a
website?  As I read it, you must merely distribute source code "on a
medium customarily used for software interchange."  I now get almost all
of my software, including proprietary programs, through downloads.

/Larry Rosen

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Cowan [mailto:cowan@mercury.ccil.org] 
> Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2002 11:08 PM
> To: lrosen@rosenlaw.com
> Cc: 'Michael Bauer'; license-discuss@opensource.org
> Subject: Re: Advertising Clauses in Licenses
> 
> 
> Lawrence E. Rosen scripsit:
> 
> > I can't think of a reason why that wouldn't work.
> 
> Primarily because URLs aren't that stable: they come and go, 
> but free software goes on for decades in certain cases.  This 
> is why it's not enough under the GPL, when distributing 
> software in binary form, to say "Download source from here!"  
> You have to be willing to send it out on tape or CD-ROM or 
> what have you.
> 
> -- 
> John Cowan           http://www.ccil.org/~cowan              
> cowan@ccil.org
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> 

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