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Re: Gnu Core utils, GPL and commercial apps

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: Gnu Core utils, GPL and commercial apps
Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2005 09:17:43 -0400

Hello Martin,

    Especially, is it possible to bundle the mentioned tools in a
    installation-Zip file or the like, without violating the GPL?

As far as I know, you can use GNU sed in a non-free shell script, but if
you distribute the sed binary, you must also distribute the sed source
(under the GPL) that you yourself used to create the binary.

Technically you can just offer to distribute the source for a few years,
but it's much simpler to just always distribute it.

This is just my opinion (although I am pretty sure), not an official
ruling :).  If you want an official ruling, write address@hidden


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