license idea (revised)
jcowan at reutershealth.com
Wed Jul 16 21:31:24 UTC 2003
Mark Rafn scripsit:
> This has been discussed a bit on debian-legal, under the heading "ASP
> loophole". One interesting question is where to draw the line between use
> and "deployment". This e-mail was routed along a box at my ISP that
> includes open-source code. Do I have the right to that code?
There is also the question of the line between deployment and private use.
Suppose I am a consultant of some sort and I accept people's questions
in the form of encrypted emails, which contain the question and a credit
card number. I then research the answer (or pull it out of my butt),
charge the credit card, and reply. I am essentially acting as a slow ASP.
Am I obliged to publish all changes that I make to any OSS which I use
in my business? Presumably not; the right to make private changes
is protected by (AFAIK) all open-source licenses including the GPL.
Deploying software in an ASP is not IMHO essentially different; it is use,
We call nothing profound jcowan at reutershealth.com
that is not wittily expressed. John Cowan
--Northrop Frye (improved) http://www.reutershealth.com
license-discuss archive is at http://crynwr.com/cgi-bin/ezmlm-cgi?3
More information about the License-discuss