Obligations of noncommercial distributors
Posted Jun 11, 2010 9:16 UTC (Fri) by dark
Parent article: FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL
From the article: A download-only site like FileHippo should be in compliance provided that its binaries are unaltered; if the upstream source of the binary did not include a compliant source code offer, it would be the upstream source that is non-compliant.
I don't see how this follows from the GPL. A noncommercial distributor must still pass on the offer it received from its supplier. If it did not receive such an offer, then it cannot pass it on and it must not distribute the binary.
You're probably thinking of a slightly different case: if the supplier did include an offer of source code but does not honor it. Then the noncommercial distributor did satisfy its obligations and your reasoning does apply.
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