[kwlug-disc] Wordpress themes must be GPL

R. Brent Clements rbclemen at gmail.com
Fri Jul 30 10:12:17 EDT 2010


Actually, that is exactly what happens from all other points of view.
If second buyer has a problem with a device the cannot usually go to
the vendor for warranty claims.  the warranty contract is between
vendor and first buyer.

First buyer is the conveyor (to use the GPL license term) and the
responsibility is on them to provide everything they got from the
vendor when they sell it.  If they lost the "source code cd" that came
with it then the vendor is not required to replace it for the third
party.

Brent

On Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:07 AM, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 10:22 PM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:
>>
>> Khalid, all of your responses seem to focus around some direct
>> relationship between the 1st and 3rd party. And Brent's points have been to
>> avoid random, unknown, 3rd parties from having a claim upon him.
>>
>> Now, I do take your point that it may be easier or simpler to simply have
>> it on a web site. But that also creates a requirement to perpetually
>> maintain that web site. While including the source puts a limit on things.
>
> Think about what the practice is out there already:
>
> For example, if we have Vendor (V), First buyer (F) and Second buyer (S).
> Assume V is Toshiba or Panasonic with a wide screen TV, or Netgear with a
> router. Both products have a Linux kernel and some custom stuff.
>
> F buys the hardware from V. F is not technically inclined and has no need
> nor interest in fiddling with the hardware internals nor the software.
>
> F then sells the hardware to S. S is technically inclined, or has a project
> in mind. What does S do? Ask F for the source code? F does not even know
> what source code is, let alone has a copy of it. S visits the web site that
> V has setup and downloads the source code.
>
> V cannot say: "you didn't get the hardware from us, did ya? We have no
> relationship with you. Go ask F for the source code".
>
> This is not the only use case. Suppose F modified the code? F has to make
> available the modifications (either on request, or downloadable from
> somewhere).
>
>> And, the web site can be created once sufficient mass has accumulated. IF
>> it ever does. At the least, the act of writing a program and giving it to a
>> friend shouldn't obligate me to perpetually maintain a web site.
>
> Or just put the code on github.com, Google Code, or SourceForge and be done
> with it. It will be there for far longer than you care to run a web site.
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