Posted Mar 9, 2011 21:58 UTC (Wed) by corbet
In reply to: Not quite
Parent article: Red Hat and the GPL
I do not see an obligation to distribute source to third-parties in the GPL. It declares the rights of those immediately downstream from the distributor to receive source code. Third-party rights are unclear.
From the license text:
You may copy and distribute the Program (or a work based on it, under Section 2) in object code or executable form under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above provided that you also do one of the following... b) Accompany it with a written offer, valid for at least three years, to give any third party, for a charge no more than your cost of physically performing source distribution, a complete machine-readable copy of the corresponding source code, to be distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium customarily used for software interchange...
(Emphasis added). Seems pretty clear to me...
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