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Linux Magazine: The GPL Has No (Networked) Future

Mar 29, 2007, 19:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bryan Richard)

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"There are both popular and unpopular ways of circumventing the Free Software Foundation's General Public License. A very unpopular method, we've come to find out, is via promises of patent protection for users of specific software. However, if you're looking to leverage Free Software without completely fulfilling the requirements of the license, a better method would be to exploit the software as a service (SaaS) loophole, which the latest draft of the GPL3 just legalized.

"If you're unfamiliar with the SaaS loophole, it's probably best described by a license that actually covers it. Fabrizio Capobianco, who created the Honest Public License describes it as such..."

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