Re: Linksys WRT54G and the GPL

From: Adrian Bunk (
Date: Mon Jun 09 2003 - 17:21:41 EST

On Mon, Jun 09, 2003 at 02:50:11PM -0700, David Schwartz wrote:
> > If he chooses 3b ("written offer, valid for at least three years, to
> > give any third party, for a charge no more than your cost of physically
> > performing source distribution, a complete machine-readable copy of the
> > corresponding source code") he has to give it to everyone.
> As I read 3b, it only applies if the person requesting the source code
> actually has physical possession of the written offer. (Though the offer
> could be transferred to anyone.)

"to give any third party" in 3b is pretty non-ambiguous.

> > > In Linksys case dumping the required source on the end of the CD of
> > > goodies that comes with the kit and including a notice would be
> > > sufficient.
> > Yup.
> No, it would not be. They also distribute the software from their web page,
> and that distribution must also be accompanied by source code or a written
> offer.

I missed the fact they make it available at their web page.

> DS



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