GPL License with clause for Web use?

simo simo.sorce at
Wed Nov 21 15:25:13 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-11-21 at 15:10 +0000, MJ Ray wrote:
> Ciaran O'Riordan <ciaran at ...> wrote:
> > "David Gerard" <dgerard at ...> writes:
> > > But if you use it on a publicly accessible website, you have to do extra
> > > things.
> >
> > You have to do extra things because you made the software publicly
> > available.
> >
> > Putting it on a server for others isn't a "use" by you any more than
> > putting a CD of the software in somebody elses hands is.
> Would it be acceptable for a free software licence to require that the
> web browsers or word processors on my laptop always have a "download
> source" control which always works for the user?
> That would certainly stop me letting people borrow my browser for a
> few minutes on the train to check their connections... "wait a mo,
> you're legally required to let it burn me a source CD".

You are not providing a service over a network, stop dreaming of
stupidities please!

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