GPL and dsitribution of source code

Simo Sorce simo.sorce at
Tue May 28 08:09:17 UTC 2002

On Tue, 2002-05-28 at 09:22, Simo Sorce wrote:
> On Tue, 2002-05-28 at 00:24, Jan Wildeboer wrote:
> > As I may not put restrictions on top of the GPL I have no way of 
> > enforcing the general philosophy of our project (sources are available 
> > for free)?
> Can I ask you why you would like to enforce to distribute GPLed programs
> for free?
> This is one of the examples of success stories about companies being
> able to make profit with GPL, where's the problem?

Sorry, just read the rest of the thread and saw that company is actually
violating the GPL!
As other said NDA that restict the 4 liberties are not allowed under the
GPL terms, and such practice will make the infringing company unable to
distribute anything untill the copyright owner change it's mind as the
GPL is void for them now.

Jan, I would advice you to contact the FSF in private to work out a
solution with GPL experts before trying any legal action (that you would
be totally entitle to do if your statements about the NDA are true).


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