GNU Affero General Public License

GNU Affero General Public License
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AuthorFree Software Foundation
Latest version3
PublisherFree Software Foundation, Inc.
PublishedNovember 19, 2007
SPDX identifierAGPL-3.0-or-later
Debian FSG compatibleYes[1]
FSF approvedYes[2]
OSI approvedYes[3][4]
GPL compatibleYes (permits linking with GPLv3)[5]
Linking from code with a different licenceOnly with GPLv3; AGPL terms will apply for the AGPL part in a combined work.[2][5] Edit this at Wikidata

The GNU Affero General Public License is a free, copyleft license published by the Free Software Foundation in November 2007, and based on the GNU General Public License, version 3 and the Affero General Public License.

The Free Software Foundation has recommended that the GNU AGPLv3 be considered for any software that will commonly be run over a network.[2] The Free Software Foundation explains the need for the license in the case when a free program is run on a server:[6]

The GNU Affero General Public License is a modified version of the ordinary GNU GPL version 3. It has one added requirement: if you run a modified program on a server and let other users communicate with it there, your server must also allow them to download the source code corresponding to the modified version running there.

The purpose of the GNU Affero GPL is to prevent a problem that affects developers of free programs that are often used on servers.

The Open Source Initiative approved the GNU AGPLv3[3] as an open source license in March 2008 after the company Funambol submitted it for consideration through its CEO Fabrizio Capobianco.[7]

  1. ^ Jaspert, Joerg (November 28, 2008). " Is AGPLv3 DFSG-free?". The Debian Project. Retrieved December 1, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d List of free-software licences on the FSF website: "We recommend that developers consider using the GNU AGPL for any software which will commonly be run over a network."
  3. ^ a b "OSI approved licenses". Open Source initiative. Archived from the original on 2021-10-23.
  4. ^ "OSI approved", Licenses, TL;DR legal.
  5. ^ a b "Licenses section 13", GNU AGPLv3, GNU Project.
  6. ^ "Why the Affero GPL". The GNU Project. Archived from the original on 2021-10-23.
  7. ^ "Funambol Helps New AGPLv3 Open Source License Gain Formal OSI Approval" (Press release). Funambol. Mar 13, 2008. Archived from the original on 2013-06-07.

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