On Fri, 14 May 2004, Paul Jakma wrote:
> > NB: Even the recipient has a right to:
> > "charge a fee for the physical act of transferring a copy"
>> Ah, if we contrast with 3b:
>> "for a charge no more than your cost of physically performing source
>> We can see that where 3b specifically limits the charge, hence the
> lack of limitation in implies the fee is arbitrary. So anyone can
> charge what they like for GPL software.
I can see what you're getting at, but I'm appalled.
If a company protects their extensions to a GPL work behind a $HUGE
copying fee, they have de facto taken away source code access.
Unless there is a ceiling on the physical copying cost, there is no
difference between GPL and BSD licenses, because the extra freedoms
provided by the GPL can in this way be extorted shut.
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