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Watch out! There is a new GPL about

by on20 November 2007


Software service over a network

A new
version of the GPL has been released to cover a gap where software is a service provided over a network. The Affero General Public License,is a variation of the General Public License.

The GPL treats software provided as a service as "a private use" of software, permitting the user to keep any changes private. However the Affero GPL lets programmers require users to download it when it's offered as a network service.

Such issues are becoming important as companies such as Google employ customized open-source software to run massive online businesses with no requirement for sharing.
Last modified on 21 November 2007
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