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Re: ocaml, QPL and the DFSG : QPL 3b argumentation.

Sven Luther writes:

> On Sun, Jul 25, 2004 at 12:22:04PM -0400, Brian Thomas Sniffen wrote:
>> The law already makes it illegal to tamper with copyright notices; a
>> license doesn't need to say that in order to make it wrong to do so.
>> Perhaps it could just be left out?
> Given that lawyer wrote this licence, why did they add it. And in any case,
> what harm is there to do so ?

Lawyers often add clauses because they're paid by the person who
benefits from the clause -- and it makes more work for lawyers when
you need to argue over it.

If I convert a GUI program to work from the command line, a dialog box
could contain a copyright notice.  Even if I add new copyright notices
with parallel content and function, I would still violate that license
clause against removing copyright notices from the software.

Michael Poole

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