Legality of Fedora in production environment

Randy Wyatt rwwyatt01 at
Fri May 11 13:17:51 UTC 2007

Why wouldn't a hard copy of the GPL suffice ?

On 5/11/07, Dmitry Butskoy <buc at> wrote:
> The using of software in business and production environment can be a
> subject for legislative regulation. It can lead to some legal troubles
> of using of distributions like Fedora.
> Recently the appropriate laws in my country (Russia) have been
> significantly toughened. Now the police can check for illegal software
> usage by their own initiative (without request from the owner). The tax
> inspection demands that software should be registered at accounts
> departments.
> During such a checking, the user is obliged now to show all hardcopy
> license documents (with original signatures and stamps). But there are
> no any such things for distros like Fedora, which have been just
> downloaded from Internet, hence the user shows nothing. In this
> situation the police *must* temporarily confiscate system blocks (up to
> 2 weeks) for further checking...
> Certainly, after the checking period all hardware comes back, but such
> troubles are not allowed for normal business.
> Are there any similar troubles in other countries?
> How it can be avoided?
> Our local linux distributors recommend to not download from Internet,
> but buy their box, which includes CDs accompanied with some license
> facsimile paper (just to show polices at least "something").
> Dmitry Butskoy,
> Saint-Petersburg, Russia
>         Red Hat Certified Engineer 809003662809495
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