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Re: Gnu Core utils, GPL and commercial apps


From: Roger Leigh
Subject: Re: Gnu Core utils, GPL and commercial apps
Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2005 22:24:51 +0100
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"Martin T." <address@hidden> writes:

> Karl Berry wrote:
>> 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.
>
> Thanks. I actually never built it myself. Just downloaded the bins (Its
> GnuWin32 to be honest :) ... I've put a text file along with the bins
> with the gpl in it and a link to where to get the sources from. I'll
> guess I'll also put a zip with the sources there, just to be sure.

A link to a third party is not sufficient.  If you distribute the
binaries, *you* need to distribute the sources.  See GPL ยง3.

The easiest way to comply is to include the source tarball along with
the binaries.  This way there is never any doubt as to satisfying your
obligations.


Regards,
Roger

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