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Posted by: Anonymous Coward on January 24, 2006 05:43 PM
The GPL is quite ambiguous about methods, means and ways of the distribution of binaries. But as long as a binary covered by the GPL is distributed, the source code must be offered to the person receiving the binary.

If I was an Iraqi programmer surviving the unprovoked bombardment in Baghdad, I would consider that I had an undisputed right to the source code of whatever binary in the bombardment systems that was covered by the GPL - because as this putative Iraqi I would have been on the receiving end of the binaries and their effects.

Of course, if I was an arms purchasing officer for the New Zealand Defense Force, and I was investigating surveillance electronics for the Electras that have served the RNZAF with distinction, I would naturally expect the full, unencumbered, and complete source code, for everything. Because operating the Electras out of the Ross Dependency is going to pose new and different conditions to those obtaining in the South Pacific and the Tasman Sea. And I would be just as likely to get correct information on Ant/Arctic conditions from the Russians, the Canadianss, the Norwegians, the Swedes, the Chileans and the Argentinians as from the USians.

Wesley Parish

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