Re: Linksys WRT54G and the GPL

From: Dr. David Alan Gilbert (
Date: Sun Jun 08 2003 - 12:00:25 EST

* Adrian Bunk ( wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 08, 2003 at 02:52:12PM +0100, Dr. David Alan Gilbert wrote:
> >...
> > In the case of busybox I guess they are just using a standard unmodified
> > one; so in principal all they really missing is an acknowledgment
> > pointing to its home page.
> This is wrong.
> Setion 3 of the GPL clearly states they have to accompany their
> product either with the complete source code or with a written offer,
> valid for at least three years, to give any third party the complete
> source code.

While probably true, if someone acknowledged the GPL'd code,
had contributed changes back and pointed you at the sites main
distribution site you wouldn't really get too fussy about them actually
physically supplying a copy would you? (And anyway that was all written
before everyone had net access and could go and get their own copy).

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