3 years can now be longer - as long as you distribute the code...
Posted Jan 25, 2006 13:32 UTC (Wed) by dyork
In reply to: durable physical medium
Parent article: Suits and Patents: A Report from the GPLv3 Launch Conference
Note that in GPLv3 clause 6b the text actually may require distribution longer than three years (emphasis added):
Distribute the Object Code in a physical product (including a physical distribution medium), accompanied by a written offer, valid for at least three years and valid for as long as you offer spare parts or customer support for that product model, to give any third party, for a price no more than ten times your cost of physically performing source distribution, a copy of the Corresponding Source for all the software in the product that is covered by this License, on a durable physical medium customarily used for software interchange...
This was mentioned at the launch event as a way to prevent people who continue to distribute modified versions for more than three years to escape their obligation to provide source code in this format.
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