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Re: Octave-forge and legal issues



On Mon, Apr 25, 2005 at 05:23:09PM +0200, Ralf Corsepius wrote:
> > > 2. Create a modified source tarball with the offending code removed. 
> > > This would be easy, but the source wouldn't match the upstream source.
> > This has already been done for some packages (e.g. xmms, gstreamer-
> > plugins), and AFAIK is acceptable.
> ... unless the sources are GPL'ed. Not shipping the original sources
> would violate the GPL.

Um, if they're not commercially-distributable, they're not GPL'd. I don't
see anything in the GPL that says you must distribute the sources in the
exact same tarball as comes from upstream -- in fact, part of the point of
the GPL is that you *don't* have to do that.

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