Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Dec 2009 20:51 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Yesterday, we reported that the Software Freedom Law Center had started a lawsuit against several companies who they claim violated the GPL. The subject of the violation was BusBox, and the SFLC claims it is operating on behalf of the authors of BusyBox. Original BusyBox author Bruce Perens, however, begs to differ.
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RE[3]: Why GPL then?
by umccullough on Wed 16th Dec 2009 02:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Why GPL then?"
umccullough
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You can do that by putting it on your web site, or even by including it on the CD.

Not a problem for retailers.


Ah, right, so simple. So when I buy a TV containing GPL firmware from Walmart, they should be providing me with the source code before I leave the store...

I suspect they have absolutely no clue whether or not the products they're selling contain GPL code or not - would you reasonably expect them to know this? Would you reasonably expect some guy selling a (potentially used) TV on Craigslist or Ebay to know he must provide the source for it as well? What if the original source is no longer available (> 2 years after original purchase date), and he cannot locate it.

These are new issues for me to consider - now I must be more mindful when re-selling anything using GPL software in the future.

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