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Re: GR proposal: the AGPL does not meet the DFSG (take 2)

On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 11:45:25PM +0000, brian m. carlson wrote:
> Again, this is not the language that the AGPL uses.  It requires that
> "your modified version must prominently offer all users interacting with
> it remotely through a computer network" the source.  Notice the text
> "your modified version".  It's not acceptable to offer it out-of-band.
> Also, it says "all users".  That means anyone who calls connect(2),
> whether they can authenticate or not.  POP can't do that.  Neither can
> DNS.  Those protocols almost never have any indication to the user that
> they are working.  Most users don't even know that they're there.
> This doesn't even mention the situation for HTTP, where it could be
> interpreted to mean that every response requires a modification of the
> data in some way so that the user can be offered the source, since the
> header is not displayed to the user, let alone "prominently".

Stupid question: with this wording of the AGPL, who, in his right mind,
will be licensing a DNS or POP server under this license ? (Except maybe
someone who didn't read it)


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