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Old 08-07-2012, 05:48 PM   #1
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Redistribute distributions.


Hello.

Can I redistribute ISOs of distributions who FSF doesn't support through public servers as rapidshare.com, megaupload.com, etc? I want to place, on a my site, urls to ISOs on these servers.

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Old 08-07-2012, 06:09 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome to LQ.

You may or may not do that, depending of the license under which each distribution is released ant its policy for that matter.

So, just check that on each involved distribution's website, and, in doubt, ask the rights owners.
 
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:19 PM   #3
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the question is WHY
why would any one want to put a 4.6 gig dvd on "Rapid$h1t "

there are already torrents for every major distro and most likely for almost all others

also "megaupload.com " dose NOT exist any longer ( thanks to the illegal actions of the DOJ )
 
Old 08-07-2012, 06:19 PM   #4
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I want to place, on a my site, urls to ISOs on these servers.
As this is not original content but just making use of what other people created I suggest you credit them or their organization properly by pointing to official distribution URI's or mirrors and possibly link to respective MD5 or SHA1 hashes as well if you want to come across as security-conscious. Unsuspecting, less knowledgeable people may think Rapidshare, Megaupload and others of that ilk are aboveboard and trustworthy due to what they advertise they facilitate but anyone with a month worth of 'net usage can deduct easily what the bulk of their data actually is about. I don't trust anything they host by default and I would hope you would value your web site or log content and reputation more than the convenient storage they offer.
 
Old 08-07-2012, 06:21 PM   #5
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Didier Spaier is entirely correct.
However, the way I read your post is that you are not redistributing if you are linking to another site. The site you link to is redistributing and may or may not have the legal right to do so.
Exactly what is it you wish to do and with which distributions?
Edit: My typing is slow, see above.

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Old 08-07-2012, 06:33 PM   #6
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Sorry for the lack of precision. I want distribute Linux's distributions probably under GPL(for example, Fedora, Debian, Arch). Probably because some contain a non-free software who maybe limits(??) GPL and I don't know what is a distribution license.

Selling copies of GNU/Linux is legal so coping GNU/Linux on public servers and sharing it for free should be too, but I'm not sure.

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Old 08-07-2012, 06:45 PM   #7
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Distribute how? Do you mean you want to host the install discs or sell a distribution with your application installed?
 
Old 08-07-2012, 06:47 PM   #8
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No. I want to copy not modified install disc on public servers(rapidshare, etc) only.
 
Old 08-07-2012, 06:51 PM   #9
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If you want to help people download the discs then maybe just leave the torrent going? If you have a server with lots of bandwidth then do what Didier said and check the site for the distribution -- personally I'd contact the developers (or admin on the site if you can't find it) and ask them directly.
Sorry I know I sound negative and I know your intentions are good. It's just things are complex.
 
Old 08-07-2012, 06:57 PM   #10
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If you want to help, just seed the official torrents.
 
Old 08-07-2012, 07:03 PM   #11
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Not quite sure what you mean by 'FSF doesn't support'.
Anyway, there are links for the top 325 here http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=popularity
 
Old 08-07-2012, 07:13 PM   #12
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'FSF doesn't support' means distributions who aren't full free. However, I have to ask several right owners. Thank you all.
 
Old 08-08-2012, 08:28 AM   #13
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Sorry for the lack of precision. I want distribute Linux's distributions probably under GPL(for example, Fedora, Debian, Arch).
You can redistribute official installation CDs (and ISO images thereof) of Fedora, Debian, Arch without restriction. They are GPL.

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Probably because some contain a non-free software who maybe limits(??) GPL and I don't know what is a distribution license.
No, the ones mentioned above don't contain anything that would prevent anyone from redistributing them.

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Selling copies of GNU/Linux is legal so coping GNU/Linux on public servers and sharing it for free should be too, but I'm not sure.
Yes, selling is legal, giving away is legal and so is legal uploading to any hosting site.
 
Old 08-08-2012, 03:43 PM   #14
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Each distro has more than one license. Some tell exactly how one can sell or use or distribute the data. Some might say you have to provide source or access to source in order to distribute it. Read each license.

Some data may be copy protected and some data may even have legal restrictions.

There is little use for you to re-post any iso that I can tell.
 
Old 08-08-2012, 05:32 PM   #15
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Also, keep in mind that some distros have different ISOs for different regions due to patent laws and copyright restrictions (Mint, for example, has a special version without codecs for distribution in the USA).
 
  


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