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Re: access to code under AGPL v3

Savoir-Faire Linux, Maxime Chambreuil
- 01/16/2016 12:05:57
Hello Dominique,

As a hoster, if you are installing AGPL modules from the OCA, you are fine. If you are installing the same module from a contributor, then this contributor can take action for license infringement.

First, he would have to inform the user, which would inform you. At this step, your customer and you can decide to :
  1. switch to install and use the module from the OCA, and your customer and you will be fine;
  2. remain on his version and then he can sue your customer, who can sue you.
So the recommendations I give is to use OCA modules because the OCA decided to protect the user. If a user uses the contributor version of the module, he doesn't have the long term guarantee that this module and its future versions will remain available under an OSI compatible license. The contributor can decide to close it when migrating to version 9, for example.

I hope it helps you answer your strategic concerns.

Maxime Chambreuil
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----- Le 16 Jan 16, à 6:51, Dominique Chabord <> a écrit :


a friend attracted my attention this morning that I've been cited on
contributor's list for a similar discussion. I'm not part of this list
because I'm neither a member of OCA nor a contributor (of code). Maxim
made it clear and he is right.

Even if I wrote the citation, I was not intended to criticize OCA
position but to understand it. I just don't repeat it in each sentence
and i'm not the nasty guy if you read all. I don't aim at rising
issues, I search answers. I'm globally impressed how OCA succeeded in
maintaining community unity through these troubled times.

The reasons why I have to dig strategic aspects a bit further are
- I 'm a hoster of thousands of Odoo servers and need to understand
how my business is at risk :
- I act as a strategic consultant and a prescriber for my direct
customers (some of them are contributors) and need to build

I'm sorry for people who would think I'm just noisy, I try not to be.

Have an excellent day.

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