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Re: freedomization task list [was: Re: Dangerous precedent being

Henning Makholm <henning@makholm.net> writes:

> I'm told that under American law, a promise that is made without
> getting something tangible (a "consideration") in return cannot be
> legally binding. That would seem to allow any free software license
> to be revoked as soon as the author wants to.

Contracts require consideration to be taken as valid contracts.  Mere
promises are not legally enforceable.  However, the right to copy the
software is most certainly consideration.  There is no requirement
that the consideration be tangible; intangible goods are fine.

The GPL is also not a contract, it's a public license.

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