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Re: When is a GPL program which runs in a web site 'conveyed'?

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: When is a GPL program which runs in a web site 'conveyed'?
Date: Tue, 08 Jul 2008 17:15:56 -0400
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Alexander Terekhov wrote:
What is your "permission" good for?

The permission is good for things that copyright prohibits.
Whether the modification restrictions covered by the AGPL
are prohibited by copyright law will be something that
courts will eventually decide, as code grabbers decide to
contest the AGPL to completion.

Realize that a court encountering the GPL or AGPL and a
code grabber will probably react much as if encountering
someone who claims that it's OK to squat in a house after
having been invited for dinner. The court will see an
eminently reasonable licensing restriction and will uphold
the provisions of the license.

It helps that the people who are most likely to take this
to court are any of stupid, greedy, small, and weird and
therefore almost certain to lose.

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