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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] SaaSS

From: Mike Gerwitz
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] SaaSS
Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2015 15:41:34 -0400
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On Sun, Oct 25, 2015 at 14:07:21 +0100, Alexander Berntsen wrote:
> On 25/10/15 04:52, Aaron Wolf wrote:
>> Software freedom as a value is about autonomy and independence and
>> creative freedoms and other values that still *exist* as concerns
>> even in cases without maliciousness.
> And AGPL is one of the things that exist to give you these.

It isn't.  It's a (common) mistake to mix the issue of software freedom
with that of SaaSS.

  Many free software supporters assume that the problem of SaaSS will be
  solved by developing free software for servers. For the server
  operator's sake, the programs on the server had better be free; if
  they are proprietary, their owners have power over the server. That's
  unfair to the server operator, and doesn't help the users at all. But
  if the programs on the server are free, that doesn't protect the
  server's users from the effects of SaaSS. These programs liberate the
  server operator, but not the server's users.[0]

The AGPL exists to ensure that changes made to copylefted free software
on a server are available for others to incorporate.

  The GNU Affero GPL does not address the problem of Service as a
  Software Substitute (SaaSS).[1] 


Mike Gerwitz
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