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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:53 am    Post subject: MongoDB relicenses (to a not yet OSI approved license) Reply with quote

On my system, there are 740 open source (presumably approved) licenses.

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13. Offering the Program as a Service.
If you make the functionality of the Program or a modified version available to third parties as a service, you must make the Service Source Code available via network download to everyone at no charge, under the terms of this License. Making the functionality of the Program or modified version available to third parties as a service includes, without limitation, enabling third parties to interact with the functionality of the Program or modified version remotely through a computer network, offering a service the value of which entirely or primarily derives from the value of the Program or modified version, or offering a service that accomplishes for users the primary purpose of the Software or modified version.

“Service Source Code” means the Corresponding Source for the Program or the modified version, and the Corresponding Source for all programs that you use to make the Program or modified version available as a service, including, without limitation, management software, user interfaces, application program interfaces, automation software, monitoring software, backup software, storage software and hosting software, all such that a user could run an instance of the service using the Service Source Code you make available.


https://www.mongodb.com/licensing/server-side-public-license
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why don't they just use AGPL3? It has almost exactly the same requirement.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ant P. wrote:
Why don't they just use AGPL3? It has almost exactly the same requirement.
The key appears to be requiring EVERYTHING used to provide the service. AGPL3 appears to be limited to just the specific software.

"and the Corresponding Source for all programs that you use to make the Program or modified version available as a service, including, without limitation ..."
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ow. That's going to run afoul of the GPL's "no additional restrictions" clause then.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd guess they'll make an exception for GPL / similarly licensed software.

My interpretation is that they're probably trying to prevent open source back-end with proprietary front-end.
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