MPAA hit with DMCA takedown after GPL violation

Ars Technica is reporting that the Motion Picture Association of America have been hit with a DMCA takedown notice after offering a download of an Ubuntu-based networking monitoring tool without source code, a direct violation of the GPL.

The MPAA software was supposedly designed to assist universities in detecting people using software to download and share copyrighted material and was apparently based on the Ubuntu Linux distribution.

The obvious irony ...

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The AGPL Announced

Today, the Free Software Foundation issued a press release announcing a new type of open source license: the Affero GPL (AGPL).

Basically, the AGPL is GPLv3 with one key addition: source must be shared to network users. This means if your favorite web application were to be released under the AGPL, any changes you make to it, even if just for your website, must be published.

Think of this hypothetical ...

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