Subject: Re: JBoss aquired by Red Hat
From: simo <s@ssimo.org>
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 12:02:27 -0400

On Sun, 2006-04-30 at 00:21 +0900, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
> >>>>> "simo" == simo  <s@ssimo.org> writes:
> 
>     >> Anyone can distribute GPLed code, under any condition.  Corel
>     >> made Linux available to people over 18 years old exclusively.
> 
>     >> so what ?
> 
>     simo> This was probably a violation :-) The GPL explicitly state
>     simo> that you cannot restrict distribution.
> 
> No.  The GPL allows you to distribute or not as you please, and charge
> as much as you like or require embarrassing (but not illegal) public
> behavior of the recipient.  What you cannot do is impose a requirement
> on the recipient that she restrict her distribution once she gets her
> hands on a copy.

That's not entirely correct.
If you distribute binaries and source together you do not have any other
obligation. But if you distribute the binaries alone you must hand out
the source to any third party that acquired the binary and ask you for
the source.

So if Corel had distributed the binaries and sources separated then it
had the obligation to give the sources even to persons less than 18
years old that asks for the source.

Simo.