[svlug] HP's Quickplay - Where's the Source?

Karen Shaeffer shaeffer at neuralscape.com
Thu Dec 30 14:38:57 PST 2004

On Thu, Dec 30, 2004 at 02:13:27PM -0800, Serban Giuroiu wrote:
> --- Greg Herlein <gherlein at herlein.com> wrote:
> > Just becaue the kernel is GPL does not mean that HP
> > needs to open
> > the source to an application that runs on linux.  I
> > would
> > recommend you go read up on the way Open SOurce
> > licenses work.
> Yeah, I know that. I'm not interested in the software
> HP created to play media but rather the underlying
> non-proprietary kernel code. In the GPL, it states:

[ snip ]

> Doesn't that mean, at least for the kernel and other
> open-source utilities used to run Quickplay, source
> code should be available? It is conceivable that HP
> might have modified parts of the kernel anyway.


First off, the GPL states, for a case such as this,
that HP only need provide access to the source code
to folks who buy the product. They have no obligation
to give it to you -- if you have not bought the
product. (Of course, someone who bought the product
and got the source code, could then give it to you.)

I doubt HP is interested in violating the GPL. But you
ought to prove this one way or the other, now that
you took it this far.

 Karen Shaeffer
 Neuralscape, Palo Alto, Ca. 94306
 shaeffer at neuralscape.com  http://www.neuralscape.com

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