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Re: [gnugo-devel] Probable GPL violation

From: Marco Scheurer
Subject: Re: [gnugo-devel] Probable GPL violation
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 22:49:35 +0200

On Oct 18, 2004, at 22:36, <address@hidden> wrote:

SP LEE wrote:

By chance I have seen gnugo appeared in the website I also see the text "
License: free to try, $5 to register ". I wonder what this $5 means. Is
gnugo supposed to be a free software?

At the first glance they are in GPL-violation as there is no source
code (visible) nor even proper copyright & license information.

However, asking money is not itself a violation.  They can even sell
non-modified GNU Go (i.e. get a tarball from and start
selling it---that's legal.)  Everything depends on the way their
interface works with GNU Go and the apparent lack of license

They seem to have a Mac GUI. Does anyone recognize it?

I just downloaded the package. It includes the GPL COPYING file and the source code for both GNU Go 2.6 and the Mac interface. There's also a README about the code which states:

"You should have received the source code with this app. If not, write me at address@hidden and tell me how you got it, because that’s not supposed to happen."

It seems clean to me.


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