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

On Thu, Sep 15, 2005 at 11:05:32PM -0400, David Nusinow wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 16, 2005 at 01:44:05AM +0300, George Danchev wrote:
> > On Thursday 15 September 2005 23:53, Francesco Poli wrote:
> > > On Wed, 14 Sep 2005 19:11:03 -0400 David Nusinow wrote:
> > > > Furthermore, we are not imposing anything on our users. They are free
> > > > to not install such software if they choose. We can't completely
> > > > protect people from being sued to begin with.

> > > C'mon David!  :-(

> > > "We are not imposing anything on our users. They are free to
> > > not install Acrobat Reader if they choose. Consequently Acrobat
> > > Reader can be moved to main."

> > > This is nonsense...  :-(

> > Right ! Also count that mirror operators carring such software could find 
> > themselves in a baseless lawsuit adventure while being located or not in some 
> > exotic jurisdictions. If they manage to filter such crap somehow, then 
> > ftpmasters could serve as last resort being targeted for no good reasons.

> Do any of these choice of venue clauses impinge on simple redistribution?
> If so, I'd *definitely* be against those specific ones. If they don't
> relate to the simple redistribution that our mirror operators do, then I
> don't think this is an issue we have to worry about.

Sure; the distribution rights are contingent on accepting the specified
court's jurisdiction over the license agreement.  This impinges simple

Is a license that requires micropayments in exchange for distribution rights
free?  If not, why is a cost measured in terms of legal risk imposed by the
license more free than one measured in hundredths of a cent?

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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