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Re: Is AGPLv3 DFSG-free?

On Mon, 25 Aug 2008 18:17:31 +1000 Ben Finney wrote:

> Francesco Poli <frx@firenze.linux.it> writes:
> > The key difference is that the GPL does not in any way restrict the
> > *use* of a *modified* or *unmodified* work. The AfferoGPL restricts
> > the *use* of a *modified* work.
> I find it best to avoid making such statements about the term "use",
> since it has famously been the core of many misunderstandings. For
> example, many who would call the GPL non-free say that their "right to
> use the work in a proprietary derivative work" is restricted. (I don't
> agree, but the discussion can only proceed by disambiguating different
> meanings of "use".)
> Instead, "use" should be avoided, and more specific actions should be
> discussed, such as "run the program".

I agree that the term "use" may be misleading in some contexts, but, on
the other hand, "run" can only apply to executable/interpretable
programs, while software (another term that often generates
misunderstandings!) also consists of works other than programs
(documents, images, audio/video, ...).
That's why I often say "use a work" (which may mean, on a case by case
basis, "run a program", "listen to an audio track", "read a document",
"view an image", ...).

However, you are right that, in the present case, where we are clearly
discussing about (networked) applications, saying "run the program"
generates way less ambiguities.

 The nano-document series is here!
..................................................... Francesco Poli .
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