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Re: The Affero license

I'm glad this came up.  We've been encouraged by the FSF to take a good
look at the Affero license to accomplish things we're trying to
accomplish with the RPSL, specificallly closing the ASP loophole[1]. 
However, it looks like the Affero license is still pretty controversial
in this crowd.

So, does this group think the ASP loophole is worth closing, and if so,
what is the right way to close it?  If not, why not?

[1] http://newsforge.com/newsforge/00/11/01/1636202.shtml?tid=19
Rob Lanphier, Helix Community Coordinator - RealNetworks
http://helixcommunity.org http://rtsp.org http://realnetworks.com

On Thu, 2003-03-06 at 21:56, Anthony Towns wrote:
> Breaking the thread and changing the subject.
> On Thu, Mar 06, 2003 at 04:26:08PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> > David Turner <novalis@novalis.org> writes:
> > > * d) If the Program as you received it is intended to interact with
> > And, the real killer, it fails the Chinese dissident test rather
> > massively.
> How so? If the government can't get to your regular data, then there's
> no reason for it to be able to get to the source code you provide either.
> I agree with the other concerns entirely. Also, specifying a protocol
> in a license is a horribly bad thing; HTTP isn't useful everywhere,
> and requiring you to rewrite the program entirely when the protocol
> becomes obsolete is missing the point of free software pretty thoroughly.
> Cheers,
> aj

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