Re: SGI Free SW license 1.1 compatability with Xfree86 style license
Scripsit Bolan Meek <Bolan.Meek@wcom.com>
> Henning, I think you are going on-and-on about nothing. Do you really
> fear that SGI is going to come after you if you use the software that
> they openly release? Or are you just enjoying an exercise in word-
I think that one has to be paranoid when reading licenses.
> To idemnify means, in this kind of context, roughly, to hold harmless,
Yes, and wouldn't it cause SGI harm if I competed succesfully with
them, using their software.
> if _you_ suffer loss through the use of the software, or if
> _someone_ else suffers loss through _your_ use of it,
Where in the clause do you see that loss suffered by SGI is not covered?
> If SGI were to suffer business losses as a result of you successfully
> competeing through the use of their software, the losses wouldn't
> really be due to you, but their own lack of competetiveness and
Do you think that argument would be sure enough to hold in court that
this license should be accepted as free?
> > Well, that's a possible reasoning, but how can you be sure that the
> > second sentence is not just another, independently valid, rule?
> You can be sure by the common understanding of language.
Common understanding of language says to me that sentences that are
separated by full stops are, like, independent sentences.
> Legalese doesn't give words strange, arcane, hidden meanings:
No. Do you think it is a strange, arcane, hidden meaning to say that
"You must idenmify my losses" means "If I lose money, you must pay up"?
> they can be looked up in the dictionary.
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