[clug] providing the source

Jacinta Richardson jarich at perltraining.com.au
Tue Jul 11 00:17:35 GMT 2006

Kim Holburn wrote:

> If you give a copy of a GPLed binary to a friend, do you have to 
> provide the source as well?

As far as I understand it, if you are *distributing* the binary, then you have
to make the source available should those who receive copies want to access it.
 Thus if your friend doesn't care about the source, it's a moot point.

The question is really where "distribution" kicks in.  If you pass your friend
an Ubuntu live-CD (or any other similar distro) then you're not the distributor.
 Ubunto (etc) is.  And your friend can access the source from them (although it
might be helpful if you provide a pointer).

If you make up your own binary, by whatever means you want, then the only person
your friend *can* come to for the source to match that exact binary is you.  So
yes, you would need to provide the source upon request.

I hope this helps.


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