From: Simos Xenitellis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thu, June 16, 2011 6:31:25 PM
Subject: OFF TOPIC about GPL enforcement (Was: Re: [tdf-discuss] Re:
[Libreoffice] Proposal to join Apache OpenOffice)
On Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 1:03 AM, Greg Stein <email@example.com> wrote:
On Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 17:54, Simos Xenitellis
The key thing being "that person". That person is most likely not You,
the developer who is contributing to the software. Thus, You won't get
those changes unless "that person" decides to pass them back to you.
So you don't necessarily have a "right" to the code. You are relying
on the goodwill of "that person" to help you out. Of course, they
might not even know who you are. They might not care. They might not
ever ask for the source code.
It's a common misconception. If a TV uses Linux (most LCD/LED TV use
you do not need to show evidence you bought one in order to ask for
the Linux source code.
See the GPLv2 (per Linux kernel) license text,
“Accompany it with a written offer, valid for at least three years,
to give **any third party**, for a charge no more than your
cost of physically performing source distribution,”
That written offer goes to the recipient (your statement comes from
3(b), which is dependent upon the primary part of (3), which talks
about distributions to a recipient). The recipient does not need to
transfer or pass that offer to third parties.
Here is the full sentence, omitting some details for clarity:
a. You [i.e. manufacturer, etc] may copy and distribute the Program,
b. in object code or executable form
c. provided that you also
d. accompany it with a written offer
e. to give **any** third party
f. a complete machine-readable copy of the corresponding source code
Again, you're relying on the goodwill of the recipient to get changes
Anyone can get a copy of the source code for copyleft software.