press release critique

Peter Gerwinski peter at
Wed May 2 21:05:51 UTC 2001

MJ Ray wrote:
> Peter Gerwinski <peter at> writes:
> > However this fee must be nontrivial in order to compensate for the
> > big lot of work which is necessary to produce the free software.
> No.  You should be paid for the programming, not the program.

The GPL says:

    You may charge a fee for the physical act of transferring a
    copy, and you may at your option offer warranty protection in
    exchange for a fee.

This does not tell anything about the height of the fee.

According to German law, it you transfer a copy for a fee you
_automatically_ provide warranty protection.

So you can in fact be paid for the program - i.e. for transferring a
copy with (implicit or explicit) warranty protection.


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