Subject: Re: GPL v3 article - is this the public performance idea?
From: Robin Millette <>
Date: Sat, 09 Apr 2005 00:53:23 -0400

Ben Tilly wrote:
> Mike Olson of Sleepycat is quoted in:
> There is a nice little flamewar on /. about the result.  Everyone and his dog
> thinks that the change in terms is impossible, nobody would go for it.
> Personally I'm wondering whether this is the idea that Bruce Perens
> mentioned to me several years ago, that hosting a website is a public
> performance, copyright law gives copyright owners the right to control
> public performances, and the GPL v2 does not grant the right to
> publically perform works.  Therefore if the GPL v3 did grant this right,
> it could use it to push Amazon etc to share source code just like the
> GPL currently pushes proprietary software vendors to do so.

Bruce Perens in 1999:

Which I guess eventually lead to the affero gpl (agpl) license:

Robin Millette, aka oqp - Cogitateurs Agitateurs