Monthly Archives: September 2015

Monthly Archives: September 2015

GPLv3 / AGPLv3 – Section 7 (Additional Permissions) Explained

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Section 7 of GPLv3 has caused a lot of confusion amongst software developers. Once explained, one can see how Section 7  enhances license compatibility and why it has been drafted the way it is. Here is Section 7 (in blue) with annotated notes (in black): 7. Additional Terms. “Additional permissions” are terms that supplement the terms of this License by making exceptions from one or more of its conditions. Additional permissions that are applicable to the entire Program shall be treated as though …

GNU Affero General Public License 3.0 (AGPL)

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Not to be confused with another license called the Affero General Public License published by the now-defunct Affero organization, the GNU Affero Public License (AGPLv3) was designed to close a loophole in GPL where one could use GPL licensed software available without ever disclosing source code to their modifications by deploying their software as a service and thus, avoiding a technical “distribution”. The AGPLv3 is identical to GPLv3, with the exception that source code for modifications must be disclosed if AGPLv3 licensed …

Software-as-a-Service and Open Source Software Licenses

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​Generally, it is the distribution of open source software (or derivative works thereto) that triggers the source code disclosure requirements found in many open source software licenses such as the GNU Public License (“GPL”). However, with the prevalence of Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”), many believe that because their product offerings are based on a SaaS model, there is no distribution, and hence, the source code disclosure requirements in certain open source software licenses are not triggered. Unfortunately, this belief can result in the …