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Re: download directory

On Aug 17, 2005, Warren Togami <wtogami redhat com> wrote:

> Eh?  There is little benefit to *all* mirrors carrying the source when
> very few people actually need it.

Other than for compliance with the GNU GPL, you mean?

How would mirrors not carrying the sources satisfy clause 3 of the
GPL?  They could only refrain from distributing the sources if they
got a written offer, per 3b, and were able to offer such written offer
for download, per 3c.

IANAL, but even if a README file with links to the SRPMS in the main
download site were valid as such a written offer, the main download
site doesn't carry such a file for mirrors to use as the written
offer, so it still wouldn't satisfy the GPL.

Perhaps we could add such README files to the directories containing
ISOs and SRPMS, so as to relieve mirrors from the requirement of
carrying sources of GPLed packages?

Alexandre Oliva         http://www.lsd.ic.unicamp.br/~oliva/
Red Hat Compiler Engineer   aoliva {redhat com, gcc.gnu.org}
Free Software Evangelist  oliva {lsd ic unicamp br, gnu.org}

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