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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Renting GPL software

From: Alex Hudson
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Renting GPL software
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2008 13:20:46 +0000

On Sat, 2008-01-12 at 21:00 +0000, Lee Braiden wrote:
> On Saturday 12 January 2008 20:45:33 Jon Grant wrote:
> > If i go into a web-cafe and go online and use Firefox on KDE desktop
> > is anyone obliged to offer me the source code? I've only rented 15mins
> > of online time afterall.
> They have distributed the software to the public-facing machine, so it's much 
> the same as any other distribution to the public, I think. 

Actually, I don't think it is - I think that would be treated as
"performance", which is more like usage than distribution. 

> The Affero license would make this a requirement even if you're providing 
> that 
> software remotely over the web, as I understand things.  So, if you even gave 
> someone access to Firefox through a remote desktop connection, you would be 
> obliged to provide them with the source code.... if my position is correct ;)

If Firefox was licensed under AGPL, which I suspect would never happen,
but yes. 



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