Re: Is AGPLv3 DFSG-free?
Francesco Poli wrote:
Am I failing to comply with the license?
The only person who could say for sure would be a judge.
But, in general, it's worth noting that the law is not as robotic as
this. We could imagine all kinds of scenarios that could be construed
as violations of all kinds of licenses. Does the GPL prevent you from
moving if you've made a written offer and can't have your mail forwarded
for the full three years? Is it a license violation to brag to a sexy
bar patron about what you do at work if you mention the upstream author
of the BSD-licensed software you're hacking?
In practice, I doubt anyone would resort to the courts in the case you
cited, especially if that Internet connection was used to reply to the
original author, explaining the situation and asking for five weeks to
fix the problem. And if they did, I doubt a judge would take kindly to
the waste of time.
There may be other reasons the AGPL is DFSG-bad, but the Rube Goldberg
mechanisms sometimes cited in these threads are getting a little out of
hand, and more importantly don't seem to reflect the real practice of
law as I understand it.