Posted Jan 24, 2006 0:01 UTC (Tue) by jzbiciak
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In reply to: durable physical medium
Parent article: Suits and Patents: A Report from the GPLv3 Launch Conference
Well, the net effect of the 3 years provision is that if you violate it, you lose your legal right to redistribute modified binaries, as extended to you by the GPL. If you lose your physical ability to distribute the source code (e.g. your website implodes for whatever reason), chances are you've also lost your ability to distribute the binaries.
The net effect of this provision is that you are encouraged to offer the binaries and corresponding source together. If, for some reason, the two channels are separate (think "firmware" and "website" for binaries and source, respectively), then you must take additional pains to ensure that the source remains available.
I don't think this is too onerous. Web hosting is cheap (and getting cheaper), and is especially cheap with respect to the cost of developing the software in house.
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