Re: Barriers to an ASP loophole closure
Anthony Towns <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> 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
Yes, dissidents want to share their changes with cooperating
dissidents, but no one else because doing so would increase the risk
beyond acceptable levels.
The idea is that, before I make the software available in any way, I
should be able to decide who should get access and who should not.
And that list need not include the author.
> 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.
But the author may find out.
Jeremy Hankins <email@example.com>
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