GPLv2 'web-app loophole'

Brian Behlendorf brian at
Wed Aug 8 21:57:25 UTC 2001

On Wed, 8 Aug 2001, phil hunt wrote:
> On Wednesday 08 August 2001  2:15 am, David Johnson wrote:
> >
> > My point is not whether a thing can be done, but whether it should
> > be done at all. I don't believe that Open Source licenses should
> > regulate in any way the actual execution of the software.
> Are you saying that the Open Source Definition should include a
> clause forbidding restrictions on the execution of the software?

It doesn't have to.  Such clauses are only enforceable (IIRC, IANAL, etc)
as a click-through contract, not a copyright.  The OSD only applies to
copyright licenses.


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