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Re: ... and agree to some generic license
Posted Sep 21, 2010 7:28 UTC (Tue) by salimma (subscriber, #34460)
Posted Sep 21, 2010 8:56 UTC (Tue) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
Posted Sep 23, 2010 5:48 UTC (Thu) by brouhaha (guest, #1698)
Yes, but section 7 of the GPL says "If [...] conditions are imposed on you [...] that contradict the conditions of this License, they do not excuse you from the conditions of this License. If you cannot distribute so as to satisfy simultaneously your obligations under this License and any other pertinent obligations, then as a consequence you may not distribute the Program at all."
In other words, if they are not able to satisfy section 3b and give source code TO ANY THIRD PARTY, then they cannot comply with the GPL, and may not distribute Linux at all.
US export law, or the laws of any other country, don't excuse anyone from complying with the GPL.
Posted Sep 23, 2010 10:12 UTC (Thu) by spaetz (subscriber, #32870)
I wonder if Steve Ballmer/Jobs should not buy a small rock somewhere in some ocean.
Posted Sep 23, 2010 16:24 UTC (Thu) by brouhaha (guest, #1698)
No. If it is illegal to own software in Lower Slobovia, that doesn't make it illegal for me as a US citizen to sell software to someone there, because I am not within Lower Slobovia's legal jurisdiction. It is generally up to the citizens of Lower Slobovia to deal with their laws.
But if Lower Slobovia allows its citizens to distribute software to France, but prohibits distribution to Italy, then its citizens can't redistribute GPL'd software while depending on section 3b of the GPL. They would have to rely on section 3a or 3c instead.
If you think about this a little bit, you can probably figure out why it actually is relevant to the US, and not just the hypothetical Lower Slobovia.
Posted Sep 23, 2010 20:02 UTC (Thu) by jds2001 (subscriber, #50765)
Also see http://blogs.oracle.com/wim/2010/09/some_quick_answers_on...
Hats off to Oracle on this, they've one-upped RHT on source availability.
Posted Sep 23, 2010 20:15 UTC (Thu) by fuhchee (subscriber, #40059)
Doesn't that depend on whether the git tree they posted will
host further development?
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