Re: Adobe open source license -- is this licence free?
On Thu, Jan 26, 2006 at 01:45:33PM -0500, Michael Poole wrote:
> > Michael> Thus it is a form of discrimination. It imposes costs (conditional,
> > Michael> but still costs) on some people that it does not impose on
> > Michael> others.
> > As does every single license on earth, because you could be sued in a
> > foreign country or not depending on the law of the land.
> Again, this is not something imposed by the license. The fact that a
> license is mute as to human rights or being able to use cryptographic
> software does not mean that it is non-free in countries that neglect
> human rights or that outlaw cryptography. Quite simply, a free
> software license should not attempt to correct wrongs that exist
> outside of the software.
Well, I don't mind when they try to do that, if the attempt doesn't have
negative side-effects. For example, in principle, I don't mind the
anti-DMCA clauses. In practice, of course, they need to be scrutinized
to be sure they don't have unintended negative consequences.
It's those negative consequences that can make the license non-free.