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Re: issues with the AGPL

On Mon, 23 Mar 2009 14:27:42 +0100 Bill Allombert wrote:

> 0) Conflict with the The Free Software Definition:
>    <http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html>
> The AGPL is in direct conflicts with the two paragraphs below:

I don't think the AGPLv3 actually is in conflict with what the FSF
*now* states among their "explanations" and "clarifications" of the FSD.
Included in the paragraphs you quoted, there's the following sentence:

>    Rules that require release of
>    source code to the users for versions that you put into public use are
>    also acceptable.

Let's look better, though: has this sentence always been in the
explanations of the FSD?
The answer is: no, it hasn't.

It seems [1] that this sentence was added on June 19th, 2005.

No surprise: the FSF was preparing the propaganda to make us think that
the AGPLv3 is an acceptable license for Free Software... by adjusting
the interpretation of the Free Software Definition!

For the record, I personally think that the GNU AfferoGPL v3 does *not*
meet the DFSG: my analysis [2] was sent to this list long ago.

[1] http://web.cvs.savannah.gnu.org/viewvc/www/philosophy/free-sw.html?root=www&r1=1.38&r2=1.39
[2] http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2007/11/msg00233.html

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