[lokisetup] licensing question

Stéphane Peter megastep at megastep.org
Fri Dec 13 18:52:50 EST 2002

My understanding of this issue is that you are not required to bundle the
actual source code with your binary distribution. It just needs to be made
available to the users, if they request it. In this case, you could just put
links to these libraries Web site or FTP server, where original, unmodified
source will be available.

Same thing goes for setup... You don't have to distribute the source with
your game. The FSF has a page explaining these issues and they say that
putting it on for download somewhere is sufficient to satisfy the licensing
requirements, but it doesn't have to be included with your binary distribution.

Then again, IANAL.

On Fri, 13 Dec 2002 15:53:18 -0800 (PST), John Quigley <jmquigs at bigfoot.com>
wrote :

> This isn't really setup related but I figure the folks around here have 
> run in to this issue, so...
> I'm going to distribute a game that links with sdl and openal, which are 
> LGPL libraries.  I'm going to distribute the .so files so that users 
> don't need to have them installed.  (And so 
> that by default they are using my libraries which I know work).  However I 
> am not modifying the source for those libraries.
> The question is, do I need to distribute the source for them as well?  I 
> _think_ that the LGPL says that I do, because I'm distributing a copy of 
> the library therefore I need to distribute source.
> A similar issue applies to setup/update, since they are GPLed, I suppose I 
> should distribute source for them even if I'm using unmodified source.
> This is an issue for me because the game is download only and distributing 
> source for sdl, openal, and setup/update adds several megs to the download 
> size.

Stephane Peter

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