Re: Use GIMP for commercial / business purposes?

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Frank Gore (gore@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) wrote:
> Wrong. Nowhere does it say that YOU must personally make the source
> code available, only that it must be available. In this case, the
> source code already happens to be readily available all over the web.

You probably should read the license then. In the case of the Gimp this
is GPL v3 and in section 6 you'd find:

  You may convey a covered work in object code form under the terms
  of sections 4 and 5, provided that you also convey the
  machine-readable Corresponding Source under the terms of this License,
  in one of these ways:
    [...]
    d) Convey the object code by offering access from a designated
    place (gratis or for a charge), and offer equivalent access to the
    Corresponding Source in the same way through the same place at no
    further charge.  You need not require recipients to copy the
    Corresponding Source along with the object code.  If the place to
    copy the object code is a network server, the Corresponding Source
    may be on a different server (operated by you or a third party)
    that supports equivalent copying facilities, provided you maintain
    clear directions next to the object code saying where to find the
    Corresponding Source.  Regardless of what server hosts the
    Corresponding Source, you remain obligated to ensure that it is
    available for as long as needed to satisfy these requirements.

So it is *your* personal obligation to ensure that you have an answer to
specific request by your customer. You cannot just rely that someone on
the net might have it available. Either you do a contract with a third
party or you provide the source yourself. Testing your luck is not a
good strategy.

Bye,
        Simon

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