Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on April 14, 2002 07:37 AM
I'd say that, under the GPL, that they can't charge for the code itself, but they can charge for the transfer medium and/or services they provide. Technically, they can charge for the resources they used to transfer, but I'd harldy say that they used $99 worth of bandwidth for each download, and I don't know of a place that sells $99 CD's, does anyone else? Also, do any of the testers out there know if the GPL License was distributed with their beta copy? If not, that would also be a violation of the GPL. It should not be assumed that they can charge for the source or binaries just because the license doesn't state as such. Anyway, below is an excerpt from the GPL that would be relevant to this thread.
" 1. You may copy and distribute verbatim copies of the Program's source code as you receive it, in any medium, provided that you conspicuously and appropriately publish on each copy an appropriate copyright notice and disclaimer of warranty; keep intact all the notices that refer to this License and to the absence of any warranty; and give any other recipients of the Program a copy of this License along with the Program.
You may charge a fee for the physical act of transferring a copy, and you may at your option offer warranty protection in exchange for a fee."