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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Using USRP/GNURADIO Commercially

From: Joel Koltner
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Using USRP/GNURADIO Commercially
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2008 08:47:58 -0700 (PDT)


I understand that if you just provide the binaries to a customer, you must give 
them a means to get the source code, and if they choose to distribute that 
binary to others, they'll just pass on that original offer and hence you're on 
the hook for providing anyone with source thereafter.  Yes?


If I provide the binaries & source code to a customer (and make it clear that 
the source code will always be included with any binary I deliver to them), 
can't I just stipulate that the customer must then provide the binaries & 
source bundled together if they choose to redistribute it?  E.g., the "offer to 
obtain the source code" would ready something like, "you should have already 
received the source with this binary file; if you haven't, the person or 
company you received the binary from must provide you with the source."

I'm thinking of the scenario here where you're a consultant and work on a bunch 
of small projects using GPL'd code, but you *always* deliver the full source 
code along with your binaries to your own customers.  Having to then deal with 
anyone and everyone your own customer chooses to provide "the product" to then 
seems quite onerous for a single-man consulting company.  

I'd appreciate your input; thanks!  (Disclaimer: I realize you're not a lawyer 
and you're just giving your personal interpretation and not professional legal 
advice on these matters.)


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