Hin-Tak Leung hintak_leung at
Sat Feb 7 16:12:36 CST 2009

--- On Sat, 7/2/09, Peter Bortas <bortas at> wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 7, 2009 at 4:57 PM, Ben Klein
> <shacklein at> wrote:
> > What it seems to me is that they are selling binaries,
> not support.
> > They could be selling licenses (for Crossover, mp3
> etc), but that's
> > not a matter for us to resolve. If it is determined
> that what they are
> > selling is binaries, then I'm almost certain that
> is a violation of
> > GPL.
> >
> > From memory, GPL allows you to charge for the cost of
> delivering the
> > software (e.g. CD media, postage), but not the
> binaries themselves.
> GPL allows you to skin a buyer for any amount you like. As
> long as you
> tell them where the source code is. They also do not need
> to give you
> the source. Only the buyers of the product.

That's right - GPL allows you to charge for binaries, and any amount for that matter. GPL just means who ever received the binaries are also entitled to the source code, and *also* the right to sell both onward - and possibly as a competitor to you - so you cannot charge 'unreasonable' amounts. 


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