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Re: CDDL, OpenSolaris, Choice-of-venue and the star package ...

On Friday 09 September 2005 18:24, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> George Danchev <danchev@spnet.net> wrote:
> > On Friday 09 September 2005 17:35, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> >> Whereas the alternative may be that licensors are unable to afford the
> >> enforcement of their license. Would you prefer to discriminate against
> >> them?
> >
> > Debian has always been full of software licensed that way ;-) Now you
> > want (unintentially) to leave possible holes thru new 'a-la sco insane
> > cases' to enter the scene... all over the world.
> But that's already possible. The majority (all?) of licenses that we
> ship don't prevent me from being sued arbitrarily. The only difference
> that choice of venue makes is that it potentially increases the cost for
> me. Within the UK alone, I can end up paying fairly large travel fees to
> deal with a court case. But I'll have to pay a lot more for a lawyer.
> Being sued in the US wouldn't be significantly more expensive for me
> than being sued here.

The problem is not only with the expensive funny lawsuit trips, you may find 
some jurisdictions and local lows quite ... let's say just strange.

> >> The legal system discriminates in favour of rich people. That's true
> >> regardless of license conditions.
> >
> > I'll agree here ! Then why leave easy targets to lawsuit sharks ?
> How do we protect against that currently?

What changes the picture is that you just add new possibilities to be possibly 
attacked and as we all know sco wont be the last, it was not the smartest 

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