Re: Suggestions of David Nusinow, was: RPSL and DFSG-compliance - choice of venue
Andrew Suffield writes:
>On Mon, Aug 23, 2004 at 01:16:06PM -0700, email@example.com wrote:
>> The debian-legal mailing list is often "bashed" because it repreresents
>> an extreme point of view relative to Debian proper.
>Being interested in licensing issues is "extreme"? That's quite a
>strange thing to claim.
And it's not what he's claiming at all, as you well know. debian-legal
currently includes a large number of people who are on the more
extreme end of the range of licensing opinions expressed within
>> Many folks see debian-legal as "armchair laywering" from a position of
>> ignorance. How many participants are attorneys?
>Who cares? Being an attorney does not give you any special ability to
>interpret the DFSG. Also, turning the question around the other way:
>How many Debian developers are CS graduates and professional
>programmers? How many AMs are qualified teachers?
>While these qualifications have their use, they aren't necessary
>here. You don't have to be an attorney to understand the law, only to
But it's a great help in terms of understanding the meanings of lots
of the *legal* license terms that are bandied about. And how they
might be applied in court, with precedent. And in this case
professional training is much more important than in the others you
Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK. firstname.lastname@example.org
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