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Re: The Helixcommunity RPSL is not DFSG-free

On Sun, 9 Feb 2003, Don Armstrong wrote:

> This section has the same issues that the APSL has. IE, it fails the
> two person variant of the desert island test. Why people keep
> introducing this onerous term into their licenses is beyond me.

There are two ways this might be read.  "must make modifications available
to the upstream" is agreed as a non-starter.  "must make source available
to users in addition to distribution recipients" seems a lot more
reasonable to me.  It passes the desert island test, but is a use 
restriction, so it's hard to do under pure copyright.  

And perhaps not free, but I'd argue that this is not necessarily so.

The distinction between distributing a package and making a service 
available feels pretty unimportant and arbitrary to a lot of folks.  I 
understand (some of) the history and law behind it, but I find it 
unfortunate that a company can sell a service based on modified GPL code 
without making the source available to users of the service.
Mark Rafn    dagon@dagon.net    <http://www.dagon.net/>  

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