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Subject: Re: Writing plug-ins

Re: Writing plug-ins

From: Anselm Lingnau <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 22:48:55 +0100

BlueChip wrote:

> "Also add information on how to contact you by electronic and paper mail."

Yes, but that's not part of the GPL's »Terms and Conditions« -- it is just
part of the *suggested* (not mandatory) procedure of how to make one's
program freely available.

There's nothing in the GPL that requires you to give any address at all when
you release a program as free software. However in virtually all cases this
makes good sense since other people might want to talk to you about bug
reports, enhancements or alternative licensing options. If you determine that
you would rather not bother, then there's nothing to keep you from publishing
your code anonymously -- but in that case you will probably have to put up
the source code alongside it to be compliant, as per GPL §3(a), since people
will not be able to contact you to exercise GPL §3(b).

Anselm Lingnau, Frankfurt, Germany .....................
This Officer is really not so much of a has-been, but more of a definitely
won't-be.                    -- From a British military officer fitness report
Received on 2005-01-10

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