Via Padlock, said Eric Harmon, breaks the conditions of the GPL in three ways.
He said that Via has removed Nullsoft and AOL copyrights, as well as Sourceforge's. "Copyrights are always standing, even in open source, so it breaks international copyright laws to remove these," he said. Further, he claims that the source code for the entire application is not available, and the GNU GPL requires the entire source code to be released.
He points to this this page and this page to underline the points. This latter URL says that source code should be included in the distribution, the copyright notice of the holder should be included, and the source code should be available.
A Via representative said that his firm had posted the full source code on its Arena web site, here, and that, he said, meant there is full compliance with the GPL.
He said: "If people feel feel we should also post the source code on sourceforge we are more than happy to do this; we do have other projects there already". µ
Via's Padlock tightens up security
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