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Re: RE-PROPOSED: The Dictator Test

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.
> It should be noted that this test is the work of Matthew Palmer and
> myself.

I love it.  :-)

> [1] Message-ID: <20040611135738.GA32113@hezmatt.org>
>     http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/06/msg00242.html
> [2] http://wiki.debian.net/index.cgi?DebianFreeSoftwareGuidelinesDraftFAQ

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

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