Posted May 24, 2007 8:11 UTC (Thu) by ekj
In reply to: Google ?
Parent article: A day at the Open Source Business Conference
It didn't change.
But the *spirit* of the GPL is that every single user of a piece of software should have the freedom to improve, change, redistribute, adjust that piece of software, if he/she so chooses.
This breaks down with web-services.
If you took a GPL-program and adopted it so that it could run as a web-service, you could then (currently) sell access to this web-service per-seat, and the users would be unable to improve, change, redistribute or adjust the program they are using.
Which is contrary to the spirit of the GPL, but perfectly legal according to the *letter* of GPLv2.
In effect, if you use GPL-software only for a web-service, you're allowed to treat it like BSD.
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