I had dinner with a friend the other night. He works at a large retailer on the IT side and was telling me why he and his company are reluctant to embrace GNU General Public License (GPL)-licensed code. In sum, he didn't want to have to release source code. In my never-ending quest to foist the GPL on anyone with a pulse, I took issue with his concern.
"You're an end-user of software, not a distributor thereof. Why should you care about open source requirements relative to your source code? Open source licensing is triggered on distribution."
To this, he raised an interesting, and valid, point, and one that I had heard from a large financial services company before:
"But what about a distribution within the company to a subsidiary or some other corporate affiliate? It's an open question whether that counts as a distribution or not."… Read more