These accounts were eventually banned and the registration link removed, but not before giving users a chance to notice the resemblance between the software and that of another platform.
It was this resemblance that led to a legal letter being sent to the legal director of the Trump platform.
Mastodon is an open source decentralized social network that allows people to build their own platform. According to founder Eugen Rochko, TRUTH Social uses Mastodon’s source code with just a few miscellaneous visual adjustments.
This is allowed, but comes with certain requirements, as specified in the AGPLv3 license that the organization requires that those who wish to use the code must adhere to.
One of them is to make the source code and any modifications made to it publicly available – something Social TRUTH has not done.
Its terms of service even include a passage stating that the site is proprietary and that all source code and software is owned or controlled by or licensed to them.
“We pride ourselves on providing software that allows anyone to run their own social media platform independent of big tech,” Rochko wrote on the Mastodon blog.
“The condition that we publish our work for free in the first place is the idea that as we give to Platform Operators, Platform Operators do the same to us by providing their improvements for us and for everyone. world.”
Rochko also did a thinly veiled dig into Trump’s politics in the blog post.
“When it comes to personal feelings, of course, we would prefer people so opposed to our values not to use and benefit from our work. In a practical sense, the only problem we can take is if they do not even comply with the free software licenses under which we publish our work. “
And it was this license that resulted in an official letter being sent to the legal director of TRUTH Social asking that the source code be made public in accordance with the license.
“Truth Social has 30 days to comply or the license may be permanently revoked.”
Continued use after revocation would result in copyright infringement, according to the license website. This would give copyright holders, in this case Mastodon, the opportunity to take legal action against the violators.