[Koha] Proposal To Switch Koha's License to GPLv3 and AGPLv3 or AGPLv3

Chris Nighswonger cnighswonger at foundations.edu
Tue Jul 13 10:32:47 NZST 2010

On Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 6:16 AM, MJ Ray <mjr at phonecoop.coop> wrote:
> Thomas Dukleth wrote:
>> On Mon, July 5, 2010 14:45, MJ Ray wrote:


>> What AGPL 3 does do is allow users of software as a service to take the
>> software which they have been using a server which they do not control and
>> move it to a different server including their own server over which they
>> would have complete control.
> AGPL 3 is much more limited than that.  Only the source code of the
> one public-facing service can be taken.  Much other software,
> including the database, may remain locked up.

The matter of data hijacking by evil vendors is a mute point in this
argument. It can very easily be addressed in a well written support
contract (which is also a form of coercion btw). The switch to AGPL 3
would be in no way motivated by the desire to secure, either directly
or indirectly, the end user's data. Users who are (for whatever
reason) not motivated to red line such things in their support
contracts must sleep in the proverbial bed they have made and should
do so without complaint to the community.

Kind Regards,

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