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Re: Legal possibility of more open package reviews.

On Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 03:37:39PM +0200, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 07:11:13PM +0800, Thomas Goirand wrote:
> > On 04/10/2013 05:36 PM, Nicolas Dandrimont wrote:
> > > The first point has been handled by zack, and we have on hand a legal document,
> > > vetted by SFLC lawyers, that makes the mentors platform a "DMCA safe harbor".
> >
> > Does it mean that it is mandatory that mentors is hosted in USA?
> Of course not. It means that if we decide to host in the US, where DMCA
> is in effect, then we have the needed legal advice to go forward there.
> Hosting it elsewhere means learning about similar legal challenges that
> exist in the country of choice [1] and possibly seeking similar advice
> *if* there are DMCA-like worries.
> FWIW, as a project we have very good access to high quality, pro bono,
> US lawyers at SFLC, but nothing equivalent (all factors considered) for
> other countries.
> Cheers.
> [1] unfortunately, DMCA is not the only "bad" draconian law that exists
>     around the world, many other countries have similar laws

The DMCA 'safe harbor' rules are comparatively *good* for service
providers, though not so much for service users that have enemies.


Ben Hutchings
We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking.
                                                              - Albert Camus

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