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Re: CDDL, OpenSolaris, Choice-of-venue and the star package ...

On Friday 09 September 2005 21:10, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> Michael Poole <mdpoole@troilus.org> wrote:
> > Matthew Garrett writes:
> >> The licensor *already* has carte blanche to harrass licensees with
> >> fivolous lawsuits. The only thing that changes are the costs.
> >
> > This seems remarkably similar to the argument "The user has carte
> > blanche to exercise DFSG freedoms; the only thing that a use fee
> > changes are the costs."  Does that mean that DFSG#1 allows fees for
> > all users of software?
> A use fee imposes a cost where no cost would otherwise exist. For a big
> evil corporation, the difference in cost between suing me in the UK and
> suing me in the US is sufficiently small that they're unlikely to worry
> greatly about the amount. Even without a choice of venue clause, they
> can launch a lawsuit against me and make my life miserable. They pay
> slightly more, I pay slightly less.

They can not make your life miserable with baseless lawsuits in any sane 
country, in fact they perfectly know you may strike em back for lesion of 
your good reputation and so on. But they can make your life miserable with 
baseless lawsuits in any insane country. Go figure what venues are sane and 
what are not. Do you see the light ;)

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