Trump’s Social Network Catches Heat For License Oversight

According to Engadget, the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), an organization that enforces open source software licenses, has accused The Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) of violating a licensing agreement when it introduced a test version of Truth Social.

The website ran on a modified version of Mastodon, and although it is free, anyone using Mastodon must comply with the AGPLv3 software design that governs its code.

While a test version of Truth social was set up earlier, it violated one of the key provisions of AGPLv3, which requires licensees to share their source code with all users.

Therefore, the SFC has determined that TMTG has 30 days to comply with AGPLv3 by making the source code of TRUTH Social available to everyone or running the risk of losing access to the software used to build the platform.

Although TMTG was warned to get to work “immediately” and provide the source code, SFC stated: “That’s how AGPLv3’s cure provision works — no exceptions — even if you’re a real estate mogul, reality television star, or even a former POTUS. We will be following this issue very closely and demanding that Trump’s Group give the corresponding source to all who use the site.”

IT World Canada Staff
IT World Canada Staff
The online resource for Canadian Information Technology professionals.

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