Subject: Re: [may be junkmail -pobox] Re: Value returned from free(d) software
From: "Adam J. Richter" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 16:18:24 -0800

bb said:
>>    I thought the GPL said if you give out binaries, you must be prepared
>>    to give source to everyone, not just who you gave the binary to.  If
>>    it didn't work this way, vendors and customers could implement a
>>    conspiracy to keep GPLed source proprietary to the trading partners.

Joel Weber said:
> No, the GPL makes no requirements that you give the binaries or source
> to anyone.

	You are both sort of right.  With the GPL, you have two
options for commercial distribution:

	1. Include source whenever you distribute the binaries (section 3a
	   of the GPLv2).  In this case, you have no further obligations
	   to provide source.

	2. Distribute binaries with a written offer to provide sources
	   (section 3b of the GPLv2).  This offer has to be valid for
	   at least three years, and it is made to everybody, not just
           your customer.

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