Subject: Franklin Street Statement and Free Network Services
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <stephen@xemacs.org>
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2008 12:03:38 +0900

Evan Prodromou writes:
 > Hi, all. I'm interested in getting some feedback from the list on the
 > Franklin Street Statement:
 > 
 > http://autonomo.us/2008/07/franklin-street-statement/

I find it curious that they recommend that developers use Affero-style
licenses, but not for the services themselves.

 > ...and on the Open Software Service Definition:
 > 
 > http://www.opendefinition.org/ossd

The "publicly available" part of the OSSD to be pushing too far.

In the Open Knowledge Definition, even pricing of distribution
services is regulated.  That is clearly over the boundary of freedom
and openness into socialism, and should be unnecessary given the no
royalty provision in clause 2.  Note that clause 2 permits
proprietization of the open knowledge.