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Re: DRAFT: debian-legal summary of the QPL

Walter Landry <wlandry@ucsd.edu> wrote:
>Matthew Garrett <mgarrett@chiark.greenend.org.uk> wrote:
>> But the dissident test would only be an issue in jurisdictions with
>> hostile governments.
>Which happens to be all jurisdictions.  Some of them don't shoot you,
>just fine you or put you in jail (e.g. DMCA).  But every jurisdiction
>has bad laws.

Then the dissident has already lost. Under the QPL, the government can
get the copyright holder to ask for a copy of the code. Under the GPL,
the government can just pass a law requiring that all distributed source
code be provided to the government.

>> Which suggests (again) that the dissident test doesn't actually
>> represent the statement you're trying to make.
>Come again?

The dissident test isn't about dissidents, because it only applies in an
unrealistically narrow case. It's about privacy, and it should just say
that rather than bothering to mention the poor abused dissidents at all.

Matthew Garrett | mjg59-chiark.mail.debian.legal@srcf.ucam.org

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