Re: [Richard Stallman <email@example.com>] Re: Debian & BSD concerns
Paul Nathan Puri writes:
> Where you say 'free licenses cannot be revoked': What is your authority
> for that statement?
I'm saying that in my opinion, revocable licenses are not free. My
"authority" is the DFSG and my understanding of what free software is. It
really isn't a question of law.
> The licensor can set the terms and conditions upon which revocation may
> be a consequence.
Yes, of course he can. That is the whole point of having a copyright or
patent, isn't it? I just meant that if he does choose to release his work
under a revocable license, that it should not be considered free.
Note: by "revocable license" I don't mean ones that are automatically
revoked should the licensee fail to comply with the conditions. I mean
ones such as the IBM Postfix license that can be revoked at will by the
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