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Re: Gnu Core utils, GPL and commercial apps

From: Martin T.
Subject: Re: Gnu Core utils, GPL and commercial apps
Date: 7 Apr 2005 23:18:33 -0700
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Roger Leigh wrote:
> "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
> > GnuWin32 to be honest :) ... I've put a text file along with the
> > with the gpl in it and a link to where to get the sources from.
> > 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.

Seems "guessing" is not enough. But anyway - thanks for pointing it out
this way. I may just have forgotten to, otherwise :)


> 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
> obligations.
> Regards,
> Roger
> - -- 
> Roger Leigh

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