GPLv2 'web-app loophole'
cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Fri Aug 10 01:07:11 UTC 2001
David Johnson scripsit:
> But such is not the case for a web application. The software will only be
> copied to the legal owner's servers, and the only thing the user receives is
> the output of the program, not the program itself.
There is the question of whether the HTML generated by the program is
a derivative work of the program, which depends on how the program is
implemented. If so, then OtherCo has surely copied *and distributed* it.
The trouble is that there are so few people who understand the law
and Open Source both.
John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
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