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Re: Alternatives to the Affero General Public License

** Mark Rafn ::

> On Wed, 22 Jun 2005, Gregor Richards wrote:
> > The term "Free Software" is open to interpretation, the DFSG is
> > not the be-all-end-all of what is and isn't "Free".
> True.  This is why I use and support Debian - it's the closest
> thing I can find to my personal definition of freedom.

<AOL>Me too</AOL>. And the process of discovering what is and what
is not DFSG-free is another thing that attracts me to Debian.

> > After all, according to www.gnu.org , the Affero General Public
> > License is "Free Software," and I should think that history
> > would give them precedence in making such a decision.
> Well, no.  debian-legal is the place that Debian discusses their
> definition.  Nobody has precedence in defining our terms.

Actually, the ftp-masters and other constituted Debian authorities
have precedence, and debian-legal is only their consulting body. But
the process and the discussions on d-l are a beautifully democratic
part of this process, and it's so good that actually the ftpmasters
often (always?) follow the d-l consensus.

> If FSF acceptance is your goal, can you not just use the Affero
> license?
> > In response to "Unworkable, but you give an out in the next
> > section, so this clause will never be used." How is this
> > unworkable?  Certainly many, even most, protocols this would
> > apply to have this support.
> I mean that it's a requirement that is obviously non-free as there
> are many applications for which it would be impossible.  It cannot
> be a requirement of free software.  In your example, it's not
> required, so it's not worth spending much time on.

It would constitute unacceptable restrictions on the production of
derivative works, possibly combined with discrimination agains
fields of endeavour.


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