Re: Contracts and licenses
Arnoud Engelfriet <email@example.com> writes:
> My response: I do not accept the license grant. Therefore, I
> have rejected your offer and so I am not bound to do anything
> in return.
So if you say you want to give me your watch, and I say I want it, can
you not accept my desire, and so reject my offer to receive your
The more I learn about this system, the more I think the word
"contract" or even "agreement" is a terrible translation, because they
both denote bilateral action. "Obligation" seems to be appropriately
In any case, in the US a contract has a few requirements inconsistent
with a free license:
* A meeting of minds: the license issuer need never receive
communication from the licensee, so how can there be meeting of the
* A consideration: if the license document specifies consideration to
the licensor, the license can't be free.
I *think* those are the only parts of the definition completely
incompatible with a free license.
Brian Sniffen firstname.lastname@example.org