Date: 2015-07-21 07:43 am (UTC)
No, it can still be a copyright violation.

Remember, by default everything is copyrighted to its respective author. As a recipient, you only have fair use rights to make and/or distribute copies. The only reason you can make as many copies as you want of Ubuntu (or GPLd works, or works under other Free licenses) is that they come with a copyright license which allows you to make copies - provided you adhere to the other conditions in the license.

As per the GPL: "However, nothing other than this License grants you permission to propagate or modify any covered work. These actions infringe copyright if you do not accept this License. Therefore, by modifying or propagating a covered work, you indicate your acceptance of this License to do so."

So, if the copyright license says "you can only make copies if a) they are *identical* to the original, or b) if you remove *all* references to Ubuntu and recompile everything from sources yourself" and you fail to honour that, then you're in breach of copyright.
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