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Re: Debian's status as a legal entity and how it could effect a potential defense.

On Sun, 2004-12-05 at 22:44 -0800, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> writes:
> > 	Seems like if the person being offended has the sole
> >  discretion about what is offensive, trhewn hell, we might as well
> >  hang up our keyboards and go home, cause anyone can be offended by
> >  anything. 
> Don't worry, that's not how hostile environment harassment law works.
> IIRC, it's based on a reasonable person test, and is extremely
> complex.

It all depends on your definition of "reasonable".  Besides, since
law suits cost so must to defend and can be publicly embarassing
(even if the defendant wins, since TV/newspapers tend only to
tell you about the accusation, not the acquittal), just the fear
of being sued has caused a lot of money to be spent on unproductive

Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson, LA USA
PGP Key ID 8834C06B I prefer encrypted mail.

"The main reason that M$ gets bashed is that they persist in
writing bad code, on top of bad code.... As many have said, there
is NO PERFECT OS. The better OS though, IMHO, is the one that
will openly deal with issues, both major, and minor. Microsoft
still needs a lot of work in this area."

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