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What versions of the GPL are being used here? Regardless, what you have described is, I think, permitted by the GPL. However, since under the GPL, the companies have to provide the source code for the software, so you should be able to rebuild the software without the offending crap. If they will not provide the source, they are in violation of the GPL, and ...


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I am not a lawyer. Take this as worth what you paid me for it. That said, I'll try to lay out my reasoning to allow you to reach your own conclusion as well. TL;DR: Yes, legally it would appear to be allowed by the GPL. The longer version: The GNU GPL is a redistribution and source code usage license. Nothing more. Particularly, it never enters into the ...


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Yes. The GPL wouldn't prevent that. one contained embedded advertisements for a competing product This one seems odd (unless that other product somehow benefits the developers of the free version) but is perfectly legit. Note however that they must provide you (or allow you to get) the source code for the product, so you† could compile your own copy ...


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I am not a lawyer, but I think the answer is yes. From GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Conveying Verbatim Copies. You may convey 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; keep intact all notices stating that ...


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You've been hit by the SourceForge malware issue. Most likely you were tricked into clicking the ad that appeared on the download page with a fake download button, rather than the real download link.


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The GPL gives the distributor of the software three options: a) Accompany it with the complete corresponding machine-readable source code, which must be distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium customarily used for software interchange; or, b) Accompany it with a written offer, valid for at least three years, to give any ...


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It sounds like it. These days, the best place to ask seems to be the Software Freedom Conservancy. http://sfconservancy.org/linux-compliance/about.html compliance@sfconservancy.org


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Both Canonical's Ubuntu Software Partner repository (having proprietary applications) and Steam OS tell that it's entirely possible. The fun (I guess) would start at when you are giving support to people. If you are coding yourself all the proprietary packages/programs then you may be able to figure out most of the issues, if however, the proprietary ...



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