RE: GPL Violation of 'sveasoft' with GPL Linux Kernel/Busybox +code

From: Alan Cox
Date: Mon Nov 08 2004 - 12:44:06 EST

On Llu, 2004-11-08 at 01:14, David Schwartz wrote:
> For those not familiar, sveasoft revokes your license to receive further
> updates if you exercise your distribution rights under the GPL. I would
> argue that conditioning the sale of a GPL'd work on a failure to exercise
> your rights under the GPL is a "further restriction".

I don't see the problem. If I ship you GPL code then you have no "right"
to updates from me. You are arguing about a right that never existed and
for good reason. Do you think that if Linus personally emails you a
snapshot you somehow acquire the right to demand newer updates from him
? or how about "I bought Red Hat 1.1 so you must send me 9.0". Both
strike me as a little ridiculous and certainly not GPL granted rights.

As a GPL code provider their duties to you are to the source to the GPL
code they gave you binaries for (or other variant options in the
license). They end there. I don't have to give your friend a copy, I
don't have to give you updates.


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