question about AGPLv3, OSLv3, the keyword 'communicate'

Finjon Kiang kiange at
Fri Oct 2 12:23:35 UTC 2009

Thanks for the reply. I havn't met the legal issue about it. Just have
a question in mind. :)

Finjon Kiang

On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 7:19 PM, Michael Poole <mdpoole at> wrote:
> Finjon Kiang writes:
>> Dear All,
>> I know both AGPLv3 and OSLv3 try to solve the 'ASP loophole' problem.
>> But the keywords 'communicate' in OSLv3 and 'communication' in AGPLv3
>> make me feel confused.
>> If I modify one application which licensed under AGPLv3 or OSLv3. And
>> I just use it as my own website, without offering services like ASP
>> vendors does. Is it possible anyone who visiting my website also grant
>> the right to ask the source code from me? Because they must
>> 'communicate' the application through browser.
>> Or maybe somebody could point me to something like FAQ about this
>> issue. It's a little bit hard to find the answer. Thanks. :)
> This list can't offer legal advice for your particular situation, but
> my understanding is that both licenses want you to make the modified
> source code available to users of such a web site.  It is not a
> question of whether you are offer paid services, but whether you
> modify the software and then give other people access to it.
> Michael Poole

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