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Selling 3rd Party Software on eBay

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cglenn, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. cglenn

    cglenn Network Guru Member

    I found this guy selling "Firmware Upgrade CDs" for Linksys WRT54G Router on eBay for $0.99 (Plus 5.95 S&H). The ad says: "You gain new features of the router at no added cost." And gives a list of all the great new features.

    See it here:
    http://tinyurl.com/7e2um

    What is the position on selling Open Source Firmware? Doesn't that violate the GPL license?

    >>>> Clay >>>>
     
  2. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    You can legally sell GPL/Open Source programs. "Free Software" refers to the availability of the source code, not the price. You simply have to provide the source for your what you sell, so other people can continue to build on the work if they want to.

    Lots of companies make money, for example, by selling Linux CDs of free Linux distros, and they are very handy for people on dialup. Most of them are very up-front about what they are doing, though - simply trying to give people who can't (or don't want to) download 600MB CD images an easier way to get their paws on a Linux distro.

    Though what this guy is doing is somewhat unethical, since he is not stating that you can download what he is selling free off the Internet, I don't think he's breaking the law. Heck, though I sincerely doubt it, he may have even written this firmware (since he doesn't state what firmware it is).
     

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