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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Software freedom is the only viable business m

From: Aaron Wolf
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Software freedom is the only viable business model.
Date: Sat, 04 Apr 2015 09:46:14 -0700
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You can do whatever you like with software that is under your copyright
generally. But you cannot tell people that you are giving them the
binary under GPL and also put any barrier to them accessing the source.
So the first example is not workable under GPL.

The second works fine. You can release software under GPL where you
refuse to give anything unless someone pays $millions for the binary and
source together. That is not a violation.

On 04/04/2015 12:49 AM, Andrés Muñiz Piniella wrote:
> I have a stupid question about GPL.
> A) Could I start up a company. Write up a software package with GPL licence, 
> give the binaries for free but charge $millions for the code if they want it? 
> I would not show the code unless I was paid. Of course, whoever paid for it 
> could now give it out for free. I would be fine for that. But if I did not 
> sell the code to anyone and I saw my code in the wild I could sue whoever was 
> distribuiting it? 
> Or could I say for the same GPL software same situation (A) but both binaries 
> and code are worth $millions.

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