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Subject:

FSF releases AGPL for Web services

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Gavin Baker <[log in to unmask]>

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Platform Independent Linux List! <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 23 Nov 2007 03:22:17 -0500

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(Related to my presentation at GatorLUG from October)

The Free Software Foundation has released the GNU Affero GPL. The AGPL
is based on GPLv3, but has an additional clause to entitle users who
interact with the licensed software over a network to receive the source
for that program.

There was an earlier version of the Affero GPL, but this is the first
version endorsed/maintained by FSF and the first version with GPL
compatibility. According to the press release, "The FSF recommends that
people consider using the GNU AGPL for any software which will commonly
be run over a network."

http://www.fsf.org/agplv3-pr

Thanks to those who asked questions / told me I was wrong at the LUG
meeting. I was wrong. Long story short: it's a Bad Idea to trust anyone
with your data unless you can get it out (via batch export or API) and
unless you can take it elsewhere (FOSS). The AGPL is the best tool yet
to protect the latter.

Happy holidaze,
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Gavin Baker
http://www.gavinbaker.com/
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