[License-discuss] License which requires watermarking? (Attribution Provision)

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Mon Dec 24 16:36:51 UTC 2012

ldr ldr scripsit:

> 1. "Badgeware" (as you call it) requirement, i.e.: that every page of
> the site and mobile-apps' have a copyright area which contains:
> "Powered by [project name](github.com/projectname)" or
> "Powered by [new project name]() a fork of [project
> name](github.com/projectname"

You have to word this very carefully, so that derivative works which
don't have this type of user interface can still be in compliance.

> 2. A carefully worded closure of the: "ASP loophole"

The Affero GPL requires users who have access to the server to be
able to download the source of the server software: see clause 13 of
<http://www.gnu.org/licenses/agpl-3.0.html>.  Beyond that, we are in
unexplored territory.  In particular, it's not clear why you'd want to
require server operators to provide their users with the freedom to obtain
the source, when the BSD license generally permits proprietary forks.

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