Re: GR proposal: the AGPL does not meet the DFSG (take 2)
Martin Langhoff wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 8:40 AM, Mike Hommey <email@example.com> wrote:
>> 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)
> There are lots of people who pick a license without close reading.
> Perhaps even a majority.
That might mean Debian cannot distribute that particular program since
it is impossible to comply with the license. It doesn't IMHO mean that
all AGPL software must be excluded.
> But more importantly: good code in a webapp (where AGPL is "at home")
> might find its way into a different network service. The example
> earlier in the thread of a webapp growing an IMAP service is right.
> So this AGPL webapp has an IMAP service; such a good one indeed that I
> might want to reuse some of its code for a pure IMAP server.
You might want to, but AFAICT you would not be able to distribute the
result if the user cannot be told how to get the source to the AGPL
parts you included. That doesn't mean the original software isn't DFSG
free, at least I don't see how it does.