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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Free Software CD for Windows?

From: Patrick Anderson
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Free Software CD for Windows?
Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2012 11:13:54 -0700

> Under this definition Cloud software and patented codecs become
> non-free, right ?

Yes, the GNU AGPL fixes some of the Cloud problem, but there are cases
it does not cover.

For example, the owner of an "Internet Cafe" could offer the use of
Free Software on machines that the users do not own.

Since the software is not being distributed, the GNU GPL does not come
into effect.

Since the user is not interacting with the software over a network
connection, the GNU AGPL does not come into effect.

There is another case I had thought of some time ago, but I cannot
remember right now...

In the end we will need to discover the meaning of "Free as in
Freedom" for sharing the costs of *hosting* software.  We need a new
way to share physical property that preserves user freedoms - a sort
of 'PropertyLeft' that co-owners will use property rights to apply to
their shared assets.

Patrick Anderson

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