Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Aug 2006 09:09 UTC, submitted by anonymous
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The cipherfunk web site, which made extra packages available to Ubuntu and MEPIS users, was shut down in response to complaints from Ubuntu team members Matthew Garrett and Philipp Kern. It is my understanding they alleged that cipherfunk was not making modified GPLed source code available in a timely fashion. You can read about it the website." "Well, the GNU GPL states as part of Section 3 of the licence that I must provide source code on request for no more than the cost of physically performing the distribution. Given that the host this box is on actually costs me 110.95AUD every 30 days to run, 9.90AUD, as nice as that is - still will cost me over 100AUD to distribute the code at all." Update: As Matthew Garret pointed out in the comments, he wrote his side of the story on his blog.
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GPL Police
by j-s-h on Fri 25th Aug 2006 11:27 UTC
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Good ole GPL "Police" gonna getcha!

Another piss-poor, one-sided osnot article.

Edited 2006-08-25 11:31

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RE: GPL Police
by twenex on Fri 25th Aug 2006 11:43 in reply to "GPL Police"
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So tell me, when, say, Microsoft or Sun sue each other over breach of licence/contract, and it's reported here on "osnot", do you complain "Good ole Police gonna getcha!" and whine about "another piss-poor, one-sided article"?

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RE[2]: GPL Police
by j-s-h on Fri 25th Aug 2006 13:12 in reply to "RE: GPL Police"
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Note that I said GPL "Police", straight from the "summary".

The "summary" was one-sided. Are you too blind to see that? Do I have to point out that it only links to one side of the story? Critical thinking is your friend.

Anyways, if you modify GPL-licensed code, you must conform to the GPL. He must conform to the GPL or take the binaries down. He could have uploaded the source to sourceforge, or any other Free software or open source hosting site for no bandwith costs. Calling the authors of the software GPL police makes as much sense as calling your neighbor a "dog police" when your dog shits in your yard and he complains about it.

Edited 2006-08-25 13:23

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