Dear developers, I respectfully submit this general resolution proposal to your consideration. Asking for seconds. - - - - - - - General Resolution made in accordance with Debian Constitution 4.1.5: The Debian project resolves that softwares licensed under the GNU Affero Public License are not free according to the Debian Free Software Guideline. - - - - - - - RATIONALE (to be amended if necessary): 1. The GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL) is essentially the GNU General Public License with the following additional clause reproduced below. See http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/agpl.html for the full text of the license. "" 13. Remote Network Interaction; Use with the GNU General Public License. Notwithstanding any other provision of this License, if you modify the Program, your modified version must prominently offer all users interacting with it remotely through a computer network (if your version supports such interaction) an opportunity to receive the Corresponding Source of your version by providing access to the Corresponding Source from a network server at no charge, through some standard or customary means of facilitating copying of software. This Corresponding Source shall include the Corresponding Source for any work covered by version 3 of the GNU General Public License that is incorporated pursuant to the following paragraph. Notwithstanding any other provision of this License, you have permission to link or combine any covered work with a work licensed under version 3 of the GNU General Public License into a single combined work, and to convey the resulting work. The terms of this License will continue to apply to the part which is the covered work, but the work with which it is combined will remain governed by version 3 of the GNU General Public License. "" 2. This clause is incompatible with section 3. of the Debian Free Software Guideline: 2.1 This clause restricts how you can modify the software. Doing a simple modification to a AGPL-covered software can require you to write a substantial amount of extra code to comply with this clause. 2.2 This clause forces the developer modifying the software to incur the cost of providing access to the Corresponding Source from a network server as long as at least one person is using the software and this for all published modifications, even long after the developer stopped using the software. 3. This clause is incompatible with section 6. of the Debian Free Software Guideline. 3.1 This clause does not allow you to modify the software to perform tasks where complying with it is not technically feasible. Cheers, -- Bill. <firstname.lastname@example.org> Imagine a large red swirl here.
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