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License Question

Post by kevinp63 » Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:50 pm

What exactly constitutes distribution of modified phpbb3 code?

If I were to host phpbb3 forum inside of a company intranet and I made some mods to display a person's name (vs. their employee number) from LDAP and other very small cosmetic type mods.

The app is never allowed access outside of our intranet. I am not giving it away or selling it.
Just using it "in place"

Would this be considered distribution?

Thanks for your thoughts.

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Re: License Question

Post by ToonArmy » Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:53 pm

To distribute you must give the code to a third party.

Basically what you want to do is fine, you can maintain your own local modifications without having to release them etc.
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Re: License Question

Post by Techie-Micheal » Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:31 pm

Fortunately the GPL doesn't require you to distribute modified code. The AGPL does though.
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Re: License Question

Post by Eelke » Fri May 01, 2009 7:55 am

So, even if your modified version were open to the Internet, you still would not be forced to release your modifications. All the GPL says is, that if you were to release your modifications, you would have to do so under the same terms.

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