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Re: Why is choice of venue non-free ?

On Fri, Feb 04, 2005 at 03:05:22PM +0000, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> And that is why it is *possible* for choice of law clauses to be
> non-free: selection of laws that are intrinsically non-free is no
> different to writing them into the license in the first
> place. Precisely which ones are a problem is a tricky
> puzzle. Certainly selecting for one of the middle-eastern despotisms
> would be a problem.

As opposed to middle-north-american despotisms?  <grin>

It raises an interesting point, though -- could we end up looking
unfavourably at existing licences applied to software where one or more of
the copyright holders lives in a jurisdiction which says "if you breach the
copyright of one of our citizens when you're in another country you can be
sued here"?  So what they can effectively do is the same thing as with a
choice of law clause -- launch a suit in their own country against you,
under that rather idiotic (though probably on the books somewhere)
jurisdiction clause, and effectively exile you from ever entering that

Considering where the home of idiotic "IP" laws is, it could make for some
interesting times indeed...

- Matt

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