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Re: Time for some Clarity (KDE, Qt, Open Source...)

On Wed, 8 Jul 1998, Enrique Zanardi wrote:
> > Talking about international software law, I've heard that in Spain a license
> > written in a foreign language is useless. I don't know if that's the same
> > in other countries of the EU, but we should check, and start lobbying RMS
> > for "official" translated versions of the GPL and LGPL.

Vincent Renardias <vincent@waw.com> wrote:
> Same in France, _any_ document (licence/documentation/etc...) not in
> French has no legal value.

Of course, with the berne convention, that would mean that legally we're
not allowed to distribute at all in those countries. Or aren't Spain and
France signatories to this convention?]

[Berne convention says that written works are copyrighted even in
the absence of a license or notice. So the license is what *enables*
distribution, it doesn't prohibit anything that isn't already

Perhaps there's some kind of exception where someone in Spain (or
France) can willfully accept the terms of a license written in some
other language? Or are citizens of these countries forbideen from doing


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