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Re: OSD && DFSG convergence

Thomas Bushnell, BSG writes:
 > Right.  That's for licenses which are contractual.  Free software
 > licenses are unilateral grants of permission, for which it is
 > unimportant to certify acceptance.

Then why do they disclaim warranties?  You can't disclaim a warranty
without forming a contract, and yet every free software license
disclaims warranty.

 > If they don't accept, fine!  They don't accept--and then they are
 > restricted by the copyright law (NOT by the license) and any further
 > copying is then illegal.

A warranty disclaimer is binding on the user of the software.  It has
nothing to do with copying the software.


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