The GNU GPL mandates that people who distribute applications built from modified source code also release the changes, but it doesnít typically cover SaaS applications. The new Affero GPLv3 includes an additional clause that requires source code to be distributed to users when itís offered as a network service, which is increasingly relevant as companies often use customized open-source software to run their online apps but have no obligation to distribute changes to users. You can read the Free Software Foundationís Affero announcement here.
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