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

Michael Poole <mdpoole@troilus.org> writes:

> The default rules of law are irrelevant to a license's freedom.  A
> license with no choice of venue does not force you to go to New York
> to prosecute a lawsuit any more than it forces you to pet a cat or pay
> your traffic tickets.

In practice a nation's laws are irrelevant to the software's freedom,
yes, though that practice could be tested by extreme examples.  That's
not because the law can't restrict those freedoms, though.  It's
because, practically speaking, we can't do anything about that, where
we could possibly convince the licensor to change terms -- or we could
simply use alternate software.

This has come up in the past with respect to software patents, or the

But to make this relevant to the current thread, we also have no control
over whether the licensor decides to file harassing suits (or suits *we*
might find harassing, anyway).

Jeremy Hankins <nowan@nowan.org>
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