Re: Questions about legal theory behind (L)GPL
Thanks, Batist; it's good to hear how this works in a civil law
system. I didn't think it likely that licenses came in a non-contract
form there either. Judging from your comments and from
http://www.unesco.org/culture/copy/copyright/belgium/page1.html , it
sounds like copyright licenses are standard written contracts
interpreted under the Civil Code, according to whatever standards of
acceptance and consideration prevail there.
The exoneration precedent (no penetrating the veil of agency via tort
if there's contract language to cover the conduct) is very
interesting. It suggests that anyone who accepts copyright license
under the GPL is bound by the "no warranty" clause, unless it's
overridden by statutory "fair trade" provisions. Right?