[vdr] GPL Licensing?

DVB WannaB dvbwannab at gmail.com
Tue Jan 31 16:18:37 CET 2006


Thanks for the explanation, and not trying to start a license flaming war,
it just bothered me more than anything that someone is making a buck off of
everyone else's hard work.  But I guess if it is legal, what can you do.  If
people are stupid enough to buy it, then I guess it is on them.

Thanks again.

On 1/31/06, Matthias Schniedermeyer <ms at citd.de> wrote:
>
> DVB WannaB wrote:
> > I don't know the proper rules and all, but I didn't think it was legal
> > to sell something that was Open Source or GPL as what VDR is?  I don't
> > know how all of the authors of all the VDR Plugins and Klaus himself
> > feel about others making money off of their hard work, and I hate to see
> > things change.  But thought people should be aware there are a couple of
> > people out there trying to make money off of your work.  Someone is
> > selling a VDR Live CD, there is a thread about it on dvbn.happysat.org
> > <http://dvbn.happysat.org>  Just wanted to let you guys know.  I hope
> > that a stop is put to that, cuz I think that is just wrong.
> >
> > Thanks to all that help make this software what it is.
>
> The GPL allows that.
>
> The only obstacle imposed by the GPL is that you have to provide the
> source
> of the Software. When the source is included everything is fine.
>
> Otherwise the 'vendor' has to provide the source on request.
> Only if the 'vendor' doesn't provide the source they are in legal
> violation.
>
> So selling GPL-software is perfectly fine as long as you play be the
> rules.
>
> If someone doesn't want their GPL-software sold, they have choosen the
> wrong license. The GPL doesn't allow restriction of selling the software
> for profit. You have to use another license if you don't want you software
> to be sold for profit or want to be asked beforehand.
>
> But IANAL. This is the digest from several 'license-flamewars' on the
> Linux
> kernel-maillinglist. :-)
>
>
>
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> cryptic, powerful, unforgiving, dangerous.
>
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