what shall I do?
Andreas K. Foerster
akf2 at akfoerster.de
Fri Sep 26 13:45:41 UTC 2003
Some weeks ago I downloaded a program package that was based on GPL
covered code. I couldn't find any hint in the package about where to
get the sources.
So I wrote to the webmaster of the site to ask for the sources and to
say him, that it is not okay like that. I tried to check out the facts
as good as I could and there were more problems concerning the GPL. So
it became a very long letter - followed by a long discussion. :-(
I tried to be polite, but it turned out, that the person I wrote to
didn't know anything about the concept of Free Software - and so he
obviously understood some things wrong.
Well, he pointed me to the website of the project, where they got it
from, but there is just a newer version, not the version they put in
their package. So till now I haven't been able to get the sources yet.
BTW. It turned out, that I didn't really need the sources for what I
wanted to do, and that the things they made also work with the new
version, but that doesn't make it okay I think.
I also contacted the authors of former works. One couldn't be reached
at all and the other doesn't care too much.
So, what shall I do now?
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