Re: Linksys WRT54G and the GPL

From: Adrian Bunk (
Date: Mon Jun 09 2003 - 16:37:30 EST

On Sun, Jun 08, 2003 at 10:47:27PM -0700, Frank Cusack wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 08, 2003 at 10:32:52PM -0700, David Schwartz wrote:
> > Including the source with the product would be insufficient to meet the GPL
> > requirements. They would have to offer the source (or a written offer to
> > obtain the source for no more than the cost of physically copying it) to
> > everyone who downloaded their software from their web site. The GPL is quite
> > clear that the source code offer must be made to anyone to whom the object
> > code is distributed. (The program must be accompanied by the offer.)
> No, a source code *offer* must be made to anyone, period.


> Section 3(b) of GPLv2 says "Accompany it with a written offer ... to give
> any third party ... [the] source code".

If you read section 3 from the beginning you notice that 3b is only one
of three choices.

> /fc



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