[Mailman-Users] GPL Issues (was Re: query re "message has implicit destination"(devils advocate!))

Dragon dragon at crimson-dragon.com
Fri Sep 1 17:29:39 CEST 2006

Bretton Vine did speak thusly:

>I don't think there is any obligation for someone who changes the source of
>a GPL product to give the changes back to the original developers, but there
>might be a case of 'good manners' at play in that it is polite to do so. I'm
>sure developers welcome input even if they choose not to include it in the
>primary code distribution.
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Disclaimer: I am not a licensed attorney and this is not to be 
construed as legal advice.

Have you actually read the GPL?


There is such an obligation explicitly defined in it within section 3 
that states that source code of any derivative work MUST be provided 
either as part of the actual distribution of the work or upon request 
to ANY third party that requests it. Section 2 also plays heavily 
into this situation.

Thus by either passively ignoring or actively refusing requests for 
source, Apple, Plesk and CPanel are in direct violation of the GPL.

And while we are on the subject of the GPL, sections 11 and 12 
basically state that there is absolutely no warranty for the fitness 
or suitability of a GPL program and that your use of a program under 
the license is entirely at your own risk.


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