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Re: Affero General Public License

"Lasse Reichstein Nielsen" <atwork@infimum.dk> writes:

> Being proprietary is not an attribute of the use. It is a description
> of the exclusion of other uses than the mentioned. Nothing
> distinguishes the "proprietary usage" from the "non-prorietary usage"
> when looking at the actyual useage only.

If you understand "proprietary" to essentially mean "private" the phrase
"proprietary use" does make a bit more sense than that.  It's definitely
permitted by the GPL, though.

> Your ability to *use* is not restricted by copyleft.  Your ability to
> prevent others from using your modification is.  So "proprietary use"
> is not a type of usage, and its restriction is not a use restriction.

Actually, you can prevent others from using your modification by keeping
your modification secret.  What's not permitted is the sort of "have
your cake and eat it too" that the software industry has become
accustomed to.  Under copyleft you can not distribute your work while at
the same time keeping it secret.

Jeremy Hankins <nowan@nowan.org>
PGP fingerprint: 748F 4D16 538E 75D6 8333  9E10 D212 B5ED 37D0 0A03

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