interpretation too extreme

Date: 2018-10-19 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
TL;DR: I believe it's just the AGPL in more clarified wording.

Read the SSPL yesterday, re-reading it today aftter your blog post.

Personally, I believe the intent of the SSPL is to clarify that you just cannot have a proprietary web service make use of a SSPL licensed work and not providing any sources for the web service. I believe that's exactly what the AGPL is about, just formulated in a different way.

Hence I don't think that we have an extreme copyleft license here, but just something that actually tries to clarify the AGPL.

Reading your blog post leaves me some doubt, whether the SSPL goes far beyond of what to my perceived intention can be enforced in court. I think without the opinion of a lawyer, and/or court decision I can't come up with a good argument for or against this license. IANAL either ;).


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