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)