[CentOS] Red Hat CEO: Go Ahead, Copy Our Software

Fri Aug 16 18:00:28 UTC 2013
Lamar Owen <lowen at pari.edu>

On 08/16/2013 01:45 PM, Les Mikesell wrote:
> What about permitting redistribution? And if losing your RHN support 
> as a consequence isn't a restriction that the "You may not impose any 
> further restrictions on the recipients' exercise of the rights granted 
> herein." covers, then what kind of restriction could that clause 
> possibly mean? 

While it's not been tested in a court of law, and I am not a lawyer, it 
seems to me that if I were to redistribute a Red Hat binary RPM of a GPL 
package that I might not have anything to worry about.  But I reserve 
the right to be wrong, and this is not legal advice, and I'm not willing 
to be a test case, either.

However, again, the aggregate work of the installable ISO is not under 
the GPL, and so you would want to check with your own counsel as to the 
advisability of redistributing the installable ISO.  As the GPL states 
clearly: "In addition, mere aggregation of another work not based on the 
Program with the Program (or with a work based on the Program) on a 
volume of a storage or distribution medium does not bring the other work 
under the scope of this License. "