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Re: Sun Java available from non-free

On Mon, May 22, 2006 at 12:35:41PM +0200, Michael Meskes wrote:
> You are told by a programmer that you are allowed to offer their
> software on your server, but the programmer also tells you that his
> statement is legally not binding and the license says you are not
> allowed to offer it. Then you offer it on your server and some of your
> customers has a huge problem with that software and wants to sue someone
> to cover their losses. Now the company that developed the software says
> you were never allowed to offer it and with their own version your
> customer wouldn't have got into trouble. 

I don't think they'd be able to make a case with that, unless they can
prove that we seriously tampered with their software and that our
version is totally different from theirs. Since they've been doing most
of the packaging work themselves, I think that's going to be very,
*very* hard.

If I ask you to please do something, I can't then suddenly turn around
and say that you shouln't have actually been doing that something. That
would be dishonest, and I can't win a case in court by being dishonest.

> See I'm talking about a legal problem that isn't solvable by just
> removing software.

No you're not. You're talking about an issue that only exists in

Fun will now commence
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