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Re: GPLv3 question regarding server applications

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: GPLv3 question regarding server applications
Date: Fri, 01 Aug 2008 10:34:32 -0400
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Bruce C. Miller wrote:
 whether the GPLv3 requires us to do so.

To me, "available to the public" includes having it on the
internet for anyone to connect to

No and no. The GPL only requires that you make the source
available (in your choice of several ways) when you distribute
the program. Running it on your own machine where others can
communicate with it does not obligate you to do anything at
all under the license.

The AGPL does require you to offer sources to whomever connects
to the program (assuming the original program also did so). The
GPL skeptics on this group are even more skeptical of this than
they are of the plain GPL.

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