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  • by pudge (6) on Monday June 11 2001, @04:44PM (#2836) Homepage
    As another person speaking not as an OSDN employee, note that Automatic Media has no obligation to give back the source to the community if they don't distribute it. It is nonsensical to criticize them for doing something OSDN gives them permission to do.

    If they distribute it in changed form, they are required to do so for free. Section 2b of the GPL (conditions for modification and distribution): "You must cause any work that you distribute or publish, that in whole or part is derived from the Program or any part thereof, to be licensed as a whole at no charge to all third parties under the terms of this license."

    For them to sell their version of Slash -- without also making it available for free -- seems illegal to me. However, transfer of ownership of the modifications is not the same as distribution, is it? If they sell it to a single party, that might be allowable. But IANAL. OSDN's lawyers would likely be notified, and it would be up to them whether or not to care.