Re: Is AGPLv3 DFSG-free?
"Arc Riley" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> On Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 6:28 AM, Bernhard R. Link <email@example.com> wrote:
> > What AGPL does, is trying to limit how a program is allowed to
> > run. That is an very important difference [from the GPL].
> The AGPLv3 does not limit how a program is allowed to run, it only
> requires that modified source code is made available to those you're
> allowing to use that software over a network.
Which *is* a restriction imposed by the AGPL: one may only run the
program under certain conditions. The GPL places no such restriction
on running the program. That's the difference Bernhard pointed out.
> DFSG #2, in making source code available, seems to cover this, and
> there does not seem to be a DFSG against requiring it's distribution
> to remote users vs only those the software is distributed to. If you
> feel otherwise then please point out the DFSG line item which
> discriminates against this license.
> All you've included in your emails is your own personal opinions
> over the freeness of the AGPLv3.
The above points are facts about the license terms. Please don't try
to paint factual arguments as "personal opinions".
> Given that we're talking about an official FSF license, written and
> supported by SFLC lawyers
This is an appeal to authority: who drafted the license terms, and who
has okayed them, doesn't have any impact on the facts about the
effects of the license terms on a work. We're trying to determine the
effect of the license terms when applied to a work, regardless of who
wrote the license.
> I think the AGPLv3 warrants a bit more involved debate than
> continually repeating personal opinions.
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