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I buy a redhat subscription which implictly means that I agree to their service terms not to distribute the patches.
Now if I violate that service agreement by distributing the patches, all redhat can do is stop my service
which will not enable me to get any more future updates for that subscription.
What if I buy a new subscription? Will I get the new patches?
I can't see how they can keep a determined competitor from getting what they want.
Red Hat and the GPL
Posted Mar 9, 2011 0:49 UTC (Wed) by mbanck (subscriber, #9035)
If a competitor does this, they might even consider suing for trade secret espionage, cf. Oracle vs. SAP for something apparently slightly similar.
Posted Mar 9, 2011 14:26 UTC (Wed) by vonbrand (subscriber, #4458)
OK, let's take a look at this whole mess from the "intent of GPL" angle (I'm no lawyer, and won't play one here either). Directly from the free software definition by the FSF, which presumably is authoritative on what GPL means:
What Red Hat is doing is giving you those four freedoms with respect to the kernel they ship, and then some. The whole flamefest is around if freedom 1 includes the right to be told why some part of the program is written (or was modified) the way it is. But the four freedoms are completely silent about this matter, the "learning" part is a job of whoever gets the program. Note that the "availability of source code" is considered a precondition for being able to study and modify the current version, nothing else.
Posted Mar 9, 2011 22:13 UTC (Wed) by jrn (subscriber, #64214)
On the other hand, I have heard people claim that distributing (modified) code licensed under the GPL with comments stripped out is a violation. So we are in murky waters.
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