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Re: Adobe open source license -- is this licence free?

On 1/26/06, Francesco Poli <frx@firenze.linux.it> wrote:
> On Wed, 25 Jan 2006 23:30:32 +0100 Achim Bohnet wrote:
> > You may not modify the Documentation.
> As already pointed out by Andrew Donnellan, Documentation is non-free:
> it actually fails DFSG#3.
> [...]
> [...]
> > Any dispute  arising out of or
> > related to this Agreement shall be brought in the courts of  Santa
> > Clara County, California, USA.
> This is a choice of venue and is considered non-free by many
> debian-legal contributors (including me...).
> In a nutshell, this choice of venue discriminates against people who
> live far away from Santa Clara County, California, USA and thus fail
> DFSG#5. Those people can be forced to travel around the planet in order
> to defend themselves in a dispute raised by the copyright holder.

Personally I think choice of venue clauses are reasonable, because it
only discriminates against those who have broken the license. Also I
don't think Adobe is going to sue you for a minor violation.

> [...]
> > MetadataFrameworkSDK.09.13.01_10:44
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> [...]
> There seem to be two versions of the license: one is drafted in English,
> the other in French.
> It is not clear to me which version is the official one.
> Or are they both official and any of them may be chosen, at the
> recipient's option?
> Since I'm not qualified to read French legalese, I cannot check if the
> two versions have indeed the exact same meaning (which is not easy to
> accomplish...).

Maybe the French translation is for Quebec, where I think French
language is needed in legal documents. And no, I can't read French.

I think this license is free enough for Software only, except everyone
else seems to hate choice of venue clauses.


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