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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Renting GPL software

From: Dave Crossland
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Renting GPL software
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2008 13:26:30 +0000

On 12/01/2008, Lee Braiden <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi Jon,
> 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.

The user of a computer can be different to person who owns the
computer. The owner is the recipient of the software distributed under
the GPL.

> 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 ;)

Yes, Affero is for network apps, not just web apps. And you'd be
obliged to provide _an offer_ of source code.


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