French GPL-compatible License

Alessandro Rubini rubini at
Tue Jul 13 14:02:10 UTC 2004

> What does "to all 3rd parties" mean? It doesn't sound like it means 
> "people you distributed the derivative work to" which is what I 
> previously understood.

Let me quote 2b again:

    b) You must cause any work that you distribute or publish, that in
    whole or in part contains or is derived from the Program or any
    part thereof, to be licensed as a whole at no charge to all third
    parties under the terms of this License.

This means that the _license_ is valid for everyone else. It doesn't
mean that you must give (or make available) a copy to anyone else.

But if you distribute your program or derived work to company A and later
find company B has a copy, you can't say "no, I didn't give permission
to company B.

> This ressurects cases of embedded linux routers without source; who must 
> supply the source to the end customer?

The one who gave the binary to the customer (this is the distributing
company, not the shop clerk, usually). It's their problem if they
didn't get the source with their binary, not the user's.


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