Re: DRAFT: debian-legal summary of the QPL
On Tue, 20 Jul 2004, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> Don Armstrong writes:
> >I think you're limiting it to explicit discrimination, whereas I feel
> >it should apply to effective discrimination as well.
> So where does this stop?
Presumably where the good to free software outweighs the effective
That's why we're discussing it now (and have discussed it in the
past.) We're trying to determine what amount discrimination is
allowable in a free license.
> Just about every current free license out there will have clauses
> that may clash with national laws somewhere.
Yes, but presumably those are a case of the national laws restricting
the freedom of the user, rather than the license itself restricting
> Be reasonable here, please: "effective discrimination" is a very
> shaky thing to start claiming...
It's not necesarily shaky, it's just that there isn't a clear defining
line where allowable discrimination starts, and disallowable
DFSG 5 is perhaps purposely vague in this regard.
If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway.
-- Lowery's Law