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Re: Is forcing "upstream" distribution really OK for free software?


From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: Is forcing "upstream" distribution really OK for free software?
Date: Wed, 07 Jul 2004 20:08:05 -0400
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In article <address@hidden>,
 Rui Miguel Seabra <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Wed, 2004-07-07 at 15:49 +0000, MJ Ray wrote:
> > The FSF appeared to make the same point in the
> > section "Central Control" of their comments on APSL 1
> > http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/historical-apsl.html However, the
> > page http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html had a comment that
> > requiring distribution to the original developer if asked is OK. This
> > seems inconsistent.
> 
> > What have I not understood? What is the flaw in the test? Is there
> > external reasoning for the FSD page? References fine. Thanks in advance
> > for your time.
> 
> Notice the difference between forcing to send upstream, and sending if
> asked.

I think the OP's point is that anything that *requires* redistribution 
is against the GPL.  Even redistribution back to the original developer.  
The fact that it isn't required until the OD asks is irrelevant.

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Barry Margolin, address@hidden
Arlington, MA
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