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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Renting GPL software

From: Jon Grant
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Renting GPL software
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2008 17:21:33 +0000


On 13/01/2008, MJ Ray <address@hidden> wrote:
> "Jon Grant" <address@hidden> wrote:
> > If i go into a web-cafe and go online and use Firefox on KDE desktop
> > is anyone obliged to offer me the source code? [...]
> No, but I think they are obliged to let you see the copyright holders'
> attributions (Help: About... in Firefox IIRC, probably similar in KDE)
> so you can probably note that, then find them and get the source
> directly in those cases.  (But remember that Firefox isn't 100% free
> software, which is why at least one of the Iceweasels exists.)

RMS+Eben weren't interested in fixing up GPLv3 to prevent trademark
issues (like Firefox, CentOS needing to de-brand RedHat etc). So may
not really a Free Software issue in light of them not acknowledging it
as such, or only in some people's opinions at least. (I thought they
should have fixed up GPLv3 to prevent such issues)

Cheers, Jon

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