Google, why not
Posted May 23, 2007 17:26 UTC (Wed) by man_ls
In reply to: Google, why not
Parent article: A day at the Open Source Business Conference
Nobody says that the output is a derived work. But since you are giving a license to your copyrighted work, and distribution is essentially forbidden in copyright law, you can limit distribution to whatever conditions you want. That is how the Affero Public License can do its job. Quoting from it:
You are not required to accept this License, since you have not signed it. However, nothing else grants you permission to modify or distribute the Program or its derivative works. These actions are prohibited by law if you do not accept this License. Therefore, by modifying or distributing the Program (or any work based on the Program), you indicate your acceptance of this License to do so, and all its terms and conditions for copying, distributing or modifying the Program or works based on it.
So, can you request in a license that distribution be performed only by specialists in Sanskrit Literature while they dance the Conga? Essentially, yes (although that would probably remove it from all free software or open source definitions). Can you request that programs run in private machines but accessed by people outside your organization be distributed only with source code? By all means. Whether you should
do it is a different question.
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