Mastodon founder Eugen Rochko wrote in a blog post:Due to the illegal use of codes on the Truth social network led by former US President Trump, he has sent an official notice to Trump Media Technology Group (TMTG).Someone previously pointed out that TMTG did not provide Truth’s website code, which violated the software license on which it built the foundation.
According to Mastodon’s requirements, the TMTG team must choose to comply with the AGPL license or stop using the software within 30 days from the date of the letter.
It seems that although the Truth social network has not been officially launched, some netizens have found that its beta interface is highly similar to Mastodon, and some of the website’s code is directly copied from other competitors.
On its own, this is the intended use of open source software. But as the Software Freedom Protection Association (Software Freedom Conservancy) As pointed out last week:
To use an application (or website) based on the AGPLv3 software license, you must submit your own source code.
Also responsible for the development of the AGPLv3 licenseGNUThe foundation stated that it aims to promote the open source software community for the better.
If you improve something that someone else has made, the other party should also benefit from your work.
And when the code does not belong to you, you should not treat the related software as proprietary.
Unfortunately, as Mastodon and Rochko reiterated on Friday, TMTG did not choose the right approach, and even tried to conceal the fact that Truth was based on Mastodon.
As of press time, TMTG has not responded to foreign media’s requests for comment.