Posted Feb 17, 2004 20:33 UTC (Tue) by Duncan
In reply to: Question
Parent article: Allnet GmbH resolves iptables GPL violation
>> If the equipment were leased, not sold, would it violate the GPL?
> Yes.. You can't run off copies and distribute them.
OTOH, the GPL DOES allow for internal distribution within a company,
without publishing source or any mods used in the internal build. Leased
equipment still belongs to the company and may be held to be internal
distribution and thus exempt. IANAL, but that's getting close enough to
borderline that I'd be a bit doubtful.
It'd be interesting to see Professor M's (sorry, won't attempt to spell it from
memory, but the FSF's lawyer dude..) take on that specific question, and he
might have addressed it somewhere, but I haven't seen it. Even then, I
believe it'd take a series of court verdicts to establish and confirm precedent
and know for sure.
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