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SubjectRe: Monta Vista software license terms


On 5 Feb 2003, Robert Love wrote:

> On Wed, 2003-02-05 at 06:58, Nilmoni Deb wrote:
>
> > Its the last sentence that is of concern. Does this mean no 3rd
> > party (who is not a customer) can get the GPL source code part of their
> > products ? Seems like a GPL violation of clause 3b in
> > http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html .
>
> The GPL only requires that source accompanies any distributed binaries.
> In other words, with distribution comes the requirement of source.
> MontaVista provides all the source to all GPL components as part of
> their products.
>
> The GPL places no requirement on giving source away to the world at
> large, which would be silly. If you do not distribute anything, you do
> not have to make available the source. If you do, you need to give the
> recipients the source as well.

U missed the point. This is not the case of "If you do not distribute
anything, you do not have to make available the source." because the
vendor is distributing the binaries and source to the customers just fine.
The issue is whether any 3rd party (who is not purchasing the binaries)
has the right to get the source too as per clause 3b of
http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html . More specifically, is it true that
if u obey clause 3a, u don't have to follow clause 3b ?


>
> That line is in the FAQ because many customers are concerned of their
> obligations with GPL software.
>
> Robert Love
>
>

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