Unpublished GPL Software

Alexandre Dulaunoy alex at conostix.com
Wed Jul 10 21:44:42 UTC 2002

On 10 Jul 2002, Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:

> Rodger Etz-Brown <reb at b4mad.net> writes:
> > So what about an employee of company B, the company that wrote the S/W,
> > would publish it? Would he/she need to ask permission from any of the
> > companies? Is it legal to just take and publish any software that is
> > under the GPL, even the author(s) haven't published it before?
> If the employee of company B has (legal) access to the binary, and
> asks for the source code, then the employee can release the source
> code for the project into the "wild".  But hey, I'm no lawyer. :)

	This is also variable following the contract of the employee and
also the local legislation regarding employee/employer.

	Quite a difficult issue, like what is distribution
(internal/external/subsidiaries..) and so on...
(In the next time, I would like to talk about the possible extension of
the Affero License but it's another story).

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