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What constitutes distribution
« on: Dec 5th, 2005, 10:51pm »
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Hi:
 
I am working with some opensource software.  It requires that if it is "distributed", that I need to inclue their statement that it is opensource and also give back any improvements to it to the world at large.
 
I will be only using the software to provide a web based service which uses for part of its functionality the open source code.
 
I want to confirm that this would not constitute a "distribution" as it is merely a use, or does the fact that I sell services using the software means I have to give up all the surrounding code to open source.
 
Thank so much for your insights.
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Re: What constitutes distribution
« Reply #1 on: Dec 6th, 2005, 1:42pm »
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Interesting question.  Distribution may be used in a sense determined by copyright law, or one which is enforced by the terms of the license.  It would be helpful in answering your question to know the details of the license in question.
 
As an example though, I don't believe such a use would constitute distribution as defined in the FSF's GPL v2, however it is rumored that GPL v3 will attempt to address the issue of web based services.
 
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