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Re: RE-PROPOSED: The Dictator Test

On Wed, 7 Jul 2004, Branden Robinson wrote:

> Reaction to my earlier proposal[1] appears to be basically positive.  Not
> everyone thought I picked the best name for it, though.
> Nevertheless, I'd like to move forward, and propose the addition of the
> following to the DFSG FAQ[2].
> The Dictator Test:
>   A licence is not Free if it prohibits actions which, in the absence of
>   acceptance of the licence, would be allowed by copyright or other
>   applicable laws.
>   License grantors do not have a private right of legislation; that is,
>   they are not dictators who can subject you to their personal jurisdiction
>   through a license.
> If anyone has an objection, please speak up ASAP.

Not really an objection, but for completeness I think some practical examples
of things which fail this test should be added to the FAQ as well.

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