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Re: Why is choice of venue non-free ?

On Thu, Feb 03, 2005 at 06:16:06AM -0800, Steve Langasek wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 03, 2005 at 01:50:16PM +0000, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> > > For this reason, Debian should reject choice of venue clauses as non-free.
> > > At best, they give an underdog copyright holder a small advantage while
> > > enforcing his rights, but at worst they give a hostile copyright holder a
> > > large advantage while persecuting the Free Software community.
> > I'm not convinced that the advantage to the copyright holder is small.
> > If a large US corporation violates my copyright license, I'm likely to
> > stand a significantly better chance if I can sue them in the UK.
> Is there a reason you can't sue them in the UK without a choice of venue
> clause?

If this is the case, then what do we lose if an evil copyright holder sues in
their home district when the license has a choice of venue clause? It sounds to
me like it's almost a no-op.

 - David Nusinow

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