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Re: New Sun's documentation license

Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> wrote:
> 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?

Python 2.1 has a choice of law clause (Virginia, a UCITA state).  It
is also the default python for Debian.  Choice of law has never been
interpreted to be unfree.

Walter Landry

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