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Re: Affero General Public License

Mark Rafn wrote:
> On Tue, 7 Feb 2006, Josh Triplett wrote:
>> They may require that if the work interacts with users, but the
>> interface is such that those users do not receive a copy of the
>> software, you must still satisfy the requirements of clause 6
>> ("Non-Source Distribution") as though you had distributed the work to
>> those users in the form of Object Code.
> My first suggestion would be to try to word a license clause you believe
> meets the requirements, THEN figure out how to word GPLv3 to be
> compatible with it.  The extra layer of indirection is confusing.

The extra layer may be slightly confusing, but there's a good reason to
attempting to frame a "compatibility clause" in this manner.  If we
phrase a particular clause, that won't necessarily help us judge another
such clause.  If we craft a description of the type of such clauses
which we find acceptable, then we have a useful gauge to use when
evaluating licenses, as well as useful text for the GPLv3.

> My second is that you will need to define "interacts" and "users" pretty
> carefully here.  I have a lot of code I wrote that doesn't interact with
> users, but with other programs (say, Apache) that interact with other
> programs (say, a TCP/IP stack) that interact with other programs
> (routers, other tcp/ip stacks, and finally a browser program) that may
> have a user.
> I believe I could reasonably claim that I am the sole user of the
> software, as I caused it to be run.

I agree somewhat with this issue.  We may need to clarify the
distinction between software which "interacts" and software which
provides a "transport" for unmodified data.

- Josh Triplett

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