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Re: Circumventing the GPL

From: Tim Smith
Subject: Re: Circumventing the GPL
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 14:05:42 -0700
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In article <TPohk.1151$>,
 Hyman Rosen <> wrote:
> Company A prepares a work derived from GPL-licensed code.
> Company B purchases copies of this work from Company A.
> For each copy purchased, Company A sends Company B two disks,
> one with the binaries and one with the sources. Company A has
> thus completely discharged its duties under the GPL. Then
> Company B turns around resells only the binary disks to its
> customers, but not the source. Company B is allowed to do this
> under the First Sale Doctrine, and therefore does not need a
> license to resell the software. The customers of Company B
> have no one from whom they can demand source code, and thus the
> GPL is circumvented.

I'm glad to see people are finally taking some interest in this area.  
I've been expecting it to show up since at least as far back as 2005:

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--Tim Smith

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