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Re: New Sun's documentation license



On Wed, Aug 14, 2002 at 07:20:14AM -0700, Walter Landry wrote:
> In fact, it is a rather nice license, much better than the GFDL.  It
> is basically a copyleft for documents.  It doesn't have the
> endorsements or exemptions for small scale copying that many seem to
> want.  The only thing that gives me pause is the choice of law clause
> in section 10.  That doesn't make it non-free, though.

It could be argued that it violates DFSG 5 by de facto imposing further
restrictions (those contained in U.S. federal and state law) on certain
parties.  Some U.S. federal regulations are in fact violative of
software freedom; the DMCA, crypto regulations, and patents spring to
mind.

How would U.S. developers like it if a free software author in a country
that bans encryption entirely distributed a software product under a
DFSG-free license, but with a choice-of-law clause?

-- 
G. Branden Robinson                |
Debian GNU/Linux                   |           If ignorance is bliss,
branden@debian.org                 |           is omniscience hell?
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