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Re: GPL v3 Draft

On Mon, Jan 16, 2006 at 09:45:24PM +0100, mickaël leduque wrote:
> >[13.[8] Geographical Limitations.

> >If the distribution and/or use of the Program is restricted in certain
> >countries either by patents or by copyrighted interfaces, the original
> >copyright holder who places the Program under this License may add an
> >explicit geographical distribution limitation excluding those countries,
> >so that distribution is permitted only in or among countries not thus
> >excluded. In such case, this License incorporates the limitation as if
> >written in the body of this License.]

> Does that really means that a program, written in USA, adding the
> classical clause that forbids exportation in some countries don't
> remember, I think it's cuba, iran, etc.) will be free in the US, but non
> free in the rest of the world, where no such clause are mandatory, but
> where adding it constitutes a *discrimination against some part of the
> population* ?

No, because this clause speaks about distribution being restricted *in*
those countries due to patents or copyrights, it says nothing about being
able to add such a geographical distribution limitation due to restrictions
on distribution *to* those countries.  The US export restrictions are also
unrelated to copyright/patent.

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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