Affero general public licence Re: GPL - possible violation - what should I do?

MJ Ray markj at
Thu Mar 21 12:03:46 UTC 2002

Alexandre Dulaunoy <adulau-conos at> wrote:
> The affero general public licence is trying to extend this to the ASP 
> world. This is an excellent idea to extent Freedom in other specific area 
> where the GNU general public license version 2 is not well suited. 

The new clause is badly written, though.  Examples:

1/ Why specify a particular protocol?  Protocols are not forever and why
should my email or gopher application offer its source by HTTP?

2/ Why only specify that they are allowed to "request transmission"?  There
doesn't seem to be anything stopping me returning a "Not Found" or
"Forbidden" error response, yet still being compliant with this licence.  It
would probably be better to say that they may obtain source, not merely
request it.

3/ How can you decide what the program "intended"?  They are not animate. 
(Ok, this is a nitpick making up the numbers... two errors in one sentence
is still not good ;-) ).

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