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Trump’s social network has 30 days to stop breaking the rules of its software license

The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) says former President Donald Trump’s new social network violated a free and open-source software licensing agreement by ripping off decentralized social network Mastodon.

The Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) has 30 days to comply with the terms of the license before its access is terminated — forcing it to rebuild the platform or face legal action.

theverge.com/2021/10/22/227403

@stux I can't agree with some of the language used here. It seems like they're violating the license agreement but this is not "ripping off Mastodon"; one cannot really steal open source software.

@stux is there any precedent for this type of situation? Where the service/software isn’t meant to be publicly available yet? I would guess that, while in testing, they’re okay to not share the code as long as it’s released when the service is actually available to use.

I mean, if I make a modification to Mastodon and test it alongside friends for a few months before releasing the changes, would I be in violation of the license?

@stux seems like they’re maybe just trying to get them because some people were able to make accounts when it wasn’t meant to be publicly available yet. Is that the crux of the license violation claim or am I missing something?

@mike @stux AGPL requires to share code of the service with users interacting with it via a network, no matter whether it is publicly open or not.

They also changed terms of service to say that it's their proprietary property, which is wrong.

@stux and of course its based off of mastodon...:eyeroll:

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