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Re: Possible GPL violation?


From: Bernd Jendrissek
Subject: Re: Possible GPL violation?
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2002 12:17:06 +0200

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On Wed, Aug 28, 2002 at 12:02:55PM -0700, Joe Buck wrote:
> I wrote:
> 
> > > Please see the web page
> > >
> > > http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-violation.html
> 
> Fredrik Persson writes:

[lost context - fp seems to have tried to get source to a GCC derivative]

> > I've done that. The FSF "GPL violation dept." (or whatever it may be 
> > called) 
> > had been in contact with these guys before and they (OpenTV) were not very 
> > cooperative. They've promised to work with me if the situation doesn't 
> > improve.

Previous attention by the FSF police notwithstanding, XYZZY Inc. is not
obliged to give you the source if it didn't already give you binaries.  I.e.
the GPL does not *require* you to distribute to anyone.  Just that when you
do, it specifies how and how much.

> > I'm thinking; don't get mad, get even. I may put this stuff on
> > sourceforge if I get it.

Hasn't Eben Moglen been hinting that he might like the idea of finally
"proving" the GPL in court?  A repeat offender wouldn't get much sympathy,
I imagine...

> > Or... emailing it to the gcc core team may be a better idea.
> 
> Sorry, we can't add anything to GCC without an assignment from its
> copyright holder; you may as well save the bandwidth.

Not even in contrib/ ?

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