Re: RE-PROPOSED: The Dictator Test
On Mon, Jul 12, 2004 at 10:02:25AM +0200, Florian Weimer wrote:
> The wording of the test is simply not clear enough. After all, it was
> motivated by a mere notice which was arguably not even part of the
> license text. I'm not sure if it's against such licenses, certain
> licensing conditions in general, or only if they use some buzzwords
> ("by using this software, you agree to ...").
It's fairly simple, IMHO. If you would have been able to do something
without any licence / permission grant / contract / whatever, and the
licence says that you can't do that something, it cannot be a free licence.
There are juristictional issues which I don't think will be particularly
difficult to work out with a bit of common sense, but the core of it is
that, under a free licence, the licensor can't force you to give up rights
you would have in the absence of the licence.
Any remaining confusion? Let's get it sorted out.
 We're all screwed, I know that.