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The GPL and Software as a Service

Jul 13, 2007, 00:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tim O'Reilly)

"Linux Magazine's article The GPL Has No (Networked) Future recognizes a point that I've been making for years: that free software license requirements to release source code are all triggered by the act of distribution, and that web applications, which are not actually 'distributed,' are therefore not bound by these licenses. (See, for example, my 1999 debate with Richard Stallman at the Wizards of OS conference in Berlin.)

"The article describes how during the GPL v3 discussions, there was a move to close the 'SaaS loophole' by including some of the provisions of the Affero General Public License or AGPL..."

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