selling GPLd software (was Re: (M)IDL compiler)

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at
Tue Feb 29 19:10:56 GMT 2000

On Wed, 1 Mar 2000 tridge at wrote:

> > they can only, according to the license (GPL), charge for media and
> > support (because they are selling, they are legally bound to provide
> > service, which is to be honest mostly just a warm-and-fuzzy feeling rather
> > than actually anything concrete :)
> no!
> please Luke, re-read the GPL with a fresh eye, not one tainted by
> rumor.
> The GPL does allow you to sell the GPLd work. You may charge anything
> you like. You are not forced to provide support. You are not forced to
> charge only for media.

sorry, i misunderstood.

i'm certain, however, that contract of sale legally binds the seller to
provide a warranty of some sort, even for a short period of time (1 week
if it's 2nd hand goods).

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