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Re: Barriers to an ASP loophole closure (was Re: OSD && DFSG - different purposes - constructive suggestion!)

On Mon, Mar 10, 2003 at 02:27:44PM -0500, Jeremy Hankins wrote:
> Anthony Towns <aj@azure.humbug.org.au> writes:
> > Basically, as far as I can see, the dissident test is exactly equivalent
> > to saying "we don't want to close this ASP loophole thing".
> I don't think this is true, if you accept the substitution of users
> for copy holders.

Well, "dissidents" supposedly want to be able to keep their changes
private to a small group from among all the people who have any knowledge
of their software. "ASP" folks want to keep their software private to

One possiblity would be to change the distribute-to-author requirement
to be something like "If the author is aware of your modifications, and
requests them, you are required to provide them at cost", and require the
author to somehow positively demonstrate his awareness. If you're only
using the software locally, or amongst a few friends, the author can't
demonstrate any such awareness; if you provide a subscription service
to the public, one of your subscribers can mail the author and tell him
about it though.


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