> While I admit to not being a lawyer, that doesn't mean I can't read a contract. ;-)
I beg to differ.
> The reason I published the entire clause #3 is that you're again
> misinterpreting what you're reading.
Well, one of us is. Let's see how this pans out, shall we?
> Paragraph 3 has 3 sub clauses. The person distributing the code has to chose
> 1 of the 3 options.
Yes. Right so far One of the three.
3(a) and 3(c) are not relevant to ther situation - as I've already pointed out - so repeating them is jsut excess verbiage; it serves no purpose whatsoever, as we're not talking about 3(a) distribution, and nor are we talking about 3(c) distribution. One can only wonder at your reasons for thinking either 3(a) or 3(c) relevant to a discussion about 3(b). You can read a contract, can you not?
> B) You provide in writing an offer to produce the source code on request
Correct. Now look at what you have written: section 3(b) compliance requires *** A WRITTEN OFFER *** to produce source code *** ON REQUEST ***. See if you can spot, anywhere within section 3(b) a requirement to do anything more. Got one? Of course you haven't, because it isn't there. Section 3(b) requires the distributor to supply *** A WRITTEN OFFER *** to supply code on request. I does *not* require the distributor to supply code straight away - only on request. If you think this wrong, show the words that prove it. Got any? Of course you haven't, because they're not there.
> Now you're suggesting that if someone makes a written request for the
> source code, you don't have to be responsive.
I am suggesting nothing of the sort.
If you'd read what I actually posted - rather than what you imagine I did - you'll see that nowhere have I even intimated that it is acceptable to be unresponsive to requests for code under the written offer made during a section 3(b) distribution.
What I have said - what I am still saying - is that the offer does not need to be fulfilled until and unless a request for the code is made.
Thus claiming that a distributor is non-compliant because he has not publicly posted source is incorrect.
> With respect to Naughton, It appears that these companies are not in
> compliance with sub clause A, B
That's Naughton's claim - and as I've pointed out, it's a bogus claim. If Naughton has asked for code and been rebuffed, that would be a violation. If Naughton has failed to find a download site, that is not.
> The point you apparently are missing is that if you ship a product, you have
> to ship the code or a written offer
The point *you* are missing is that if you ship a product, you have to ship the code or a written offer. See the "OR" in the middle of that? That's good, because that's a word that actually is there. Moreover, that written promise needs to be fulfilled if it's ever called in. But if it isn't called in, then not passing the source to anyone is not a violation of the licence.
> Not having it available on your website, and not providing a written offer
> violates both sub clauses A and B.
But no-one is talking about not making the written offer. That's something that's come from the voices in yer heid. You might like to talk to someone about those...
Not having the code available no your website, but making the requisite written offer constitutes compliance with the GPLv2 section 3(b). And that's all there is to it, really...
> Therefore these sites are not in compliance and are open to litigation.
Do you have evidence that they are not making the written offer?
> Clearly reading and understanding what is written in a contract is not your strong suit.
Oooh, once again you make claims about the comprehension capabilities of others when the real problem is a combination of your inability to follow basic logic and your desire to fabricate information about what other people are doing.