GPLv2 'web-app loophole'

John Cowan cowan at
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
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	--Douglas Hofstadter

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