Questions / Concepts GPL. Was: Re: GPL License with clause for Web use?

Alex Hudson home at
Thu Nov 22 15:41:49 UTC 2007

On Thu, 2007-11-22 at 15:06 +0000, Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:
> > Section 7 enumerates some specific, limited, requirements that you can
> > supplement the GPLv3 with. The AGPL is treated completely specially:
> > there is no specific enumeration of the single requirement for a
> > web-quine.
> >
> > That's the difference.
> Not really.  The mechanics of how additional requirements get added isn't
> important.  The important thing is whether the allowed additional
> requirements are acceptable.
> If there were no "web-quine" licences that the GPLv3 drafters wanted GPLv3
> to be compatible with, then it would have been a waste to put effort into
> genericising the wording that allows AGPL compatibility.
> Trying to genericise section 13 so that it could be in section 7 would also
> have needlessly delayed GPLv3 by up to five months.

That doesn't really fit with how the GPLv3 was developed. The AGPL
web-quine stuff *was* in section 7, it only got moved out in draft 3.

So clearly the mechanics _are_ actually important :D



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