Re: Barriers to an ASP loophole closure
Jeremy Hankins <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> But you still haven't answered my question: *IF* it could be done (and
> passed the other two tests I mentioned in my other message), would it
> be free?
No. It wouldn't because freedom means, at its root, the absence of
restrictions. The fact that something might be helpful to somebody
doesn't justify it as a restriction; the only real justification can
be that it actually *augments* their freedom over the software (which
is why the GPL's source requirement is ok).
> So are the tests I outlined sufficient? Do they provide a good
> framework within which to decide whether an attempt to close the ASP
> loophole is free? Certainly nothing proposed so far passes these
> three tests, but if something did (and didn't have any other problems
> with it) would it be OK?
I don't even think the "ASP loophole" is really a loophole.