Re: EULAs and the DFSG
On Wed, Dec 04, 2002 at 12:21:29AM -0500, David B Harris wrote:
> I suspect (though I could be wrong) that the the problem is that if it's
> an "EULA", in that the user must agree to it before using the software
> in question, we have to force them to agree to it before using it. We
> can't guarantee that. a) I don't know anybody in Debian who would
> advocate forcing the user to do something that they may or may want to
> do, and b) even if it was attempted, there would be ways around it.
A license having the requirement that a click-wrap license be agreed to
before the software is distributed would seem to fail DFSG #1 fairly
directly--it's a restriction on distribution.
And if they put users through a click-wrap license, but don't require it
on redistribution, there seems to be no point. (I've seen some slightly
confused Windows installers for GPL programs with a click-through
containing the GPL. No real harm in that, I think, but it's unnecessary.)