The value of middlemen
Posted Aug 12, 2004 18:55 UTC (Thu) by iabervon
In reply to: The value of middlemen
Parent article: The value of middlemen
At the beginning of the file (at least in a35), it says "This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option) any later version." As far as I can tell, this grants permission to redistribute it and/or modify it under the GPL, and contradictory comments elsewhere in the file are not actual license terms.
I find it odd that his claims about section 2c of the GPL are not, in fact, correct, though; he seems to think that if you distribute a modified version, you must include a notice that it is modified. In fact, you must include (2c) "an appropriate copyright notice and a notice that there is no warranty". If you don't claim copyright on your modifications, there's no way for an end user who doesn't read the (section 2a) "modified files" to tell that they have a modified version.
It seems to me that he would actually be perfectly happy if distros were actually really acting completely as middlemen; his issue is that users contact him when they have problems rather than contacting the distributors who could actually be helpful.
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