[drupal-devel] Drupal and GPL3
karoly at negyesi.net
Fri Sep 30 14:35:26 UTC 2005
Some companies, such as Google, use code covered by GPL to offer their
services through the Web. Do you plan to extend GPL 3 copyleft to request
code publication in this case too, considering this behavior like a
Running a program in a public server is not distribution; it is public
use. We're looking at an approach where programs used in this way will
have to include a command for the user to download the source for the
version that is running.
But this will not apply to all GPL-covered programs, only to programs that
already contain such a command. Thus, this change would have no effect on
existing software, but developers could activate it in the future.
This is only a tentative plan, because we have not finished studying the
matter to be sure it will work.
How would it work?
If you release a program that implements such a command, GPL 3 will
require others to keep the command working in their modified versions of
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