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Re: selling web application access

On Wed, Sep 20, 2006 at 02:46:35PM +0200, Ottavio Campana wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> I'm writing here because I'm having a doubt on the GPL and I'd like to
> discuss it with you.
> Scenario: a software house develops a web application based on GPL
> software. It doesn't sell the application to customers, it sells the
> access to the application, which is installed, run and is maintained on
> the software house's server.
> Question: can the users ask for the application's source code? I mean,
> in the GPL only the case of software distribution is covered. But in
> this case the software isn't distributed, it remains in the software
> house's servers.
Probably not under GPL 2 or earlier.

> Selling access to an application is the same as distributing the
> application?
It is not the same thing.  One is a product (the code), the other is a
service (the access to it).  This is supposed to be specifically
addressed by GPL 3.

> Thank you for your answers.
> PS:I know it is not polite, but can you please CC: me? I did not
> subscribe the list.


Roberto C. Sanchez

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