[lug] Google Chrome Linux "distribution"
zlynx at acm.org
Thu Jul 9 11:02:28 MDT 2009
Davide Del Vento wrote:
> As a strong open source advocate, I think that we should use more and
> more the Affero license, instead of GPL, see for example this:
Speaking about the Affero and the GPLv3 with the similar optional
I am not convinced that it is enforcable in the same way the GPLv2 is.
It imposes end-user restrictions, not distribution restrictions, so,
unless the end-user agrees to abide by the license, he is not obligated
to follow it in any way.
Copyright means that the distributer who creates the copy must follow a
license. The end user who receives that copy is under no obligations for
anything unless there is a contract or at least a EULA click-through.
Content produced by a program (such as a web application) is not covered
by copyright as a derivative work of the program merely by being
produced by the program. So a user of a web application is not
automatically a distributor.
The Affero license seems to rely on modification of the program being
enough to trigger copyright. But I don't think so. Undistributed
modifications of a work are a fair-use right. At least, I am pretty
sure. Claiming that modifications are a copyright violation triggers
ridiculous restrictions on the ability of people to scrapbook magazine
articles, scribble in their books, spray paint mustaches over the art
they've bought, etc.
Unless lawyers can claim running a web application is a public
performance of a copyrighted work. Maybe. I've never heard of that
applied to software. The Affero license doesn't mention that, in any case.
zlynx at acm.org
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