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Re: Free Download End User License Agreement

On Wed, Dec 01, 1999 at 11:15:01PM -0800, Bruce Perens wrote:
> From: Anthony Towns <aj@azure.humbug.org.au>
> > And nor does every other Canadian Debian distributor. And probably
> > anyone distributing a fair number of other free or semi-free software
> > collections, for Linux, *BSD, Mac, Windows or DOS. What's your point?
> You can't contract with a minor in the U.S. either. The point is that the
> software license is probably not a contract with the minor but with their
> parent or guardian.

In other words, what you said originally is probably wrong:

>>> So, have they broken that one once for every package built by a minor, and
>>> every package containing contributions from a minor? If so, they probably
>>> have no right to distribute a good deal of Debian software.

in that they haven't broken it at all, they've simply made contracts with
a bunch of parents and guardians, or similar.

Sure, that means their `over 18' thing is equally unnecessary, and that
whoever emailed you doesn't know what they're talking about, but that's
not a crime.

I have to wonder, though, if it wouldn't be in everyone's best interest
if we encouraged Corel and anyone else who plans on make a Debian derived
distribution to subscribe one or two of their lawyers to -legal, and
run things by us. Catching things like this, the beta license and the
apt/qt thing /before/ they happen would be good...


Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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 ``The thing is: trying to be too generic is EVIL. It's stupid, it 
        results in slower code, and it results in more bugs.''
                                        -- Linus Torvalds

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