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Re: DFSG-freeness of the "CID Font Code Public Licence"

On Mon, Jun 05, 2006 at 02:27:38PM +0300, George Danchev wrote:
> 6. Compliance with Laws; Non-Infringement. Recipient shall comply with all
> applicable laws and regulations in connection with use and distribution of
> the Subject Software, including but not limited to, all export and import
> control laws and regulations of the U.S. government and other countries.

> Having that said, I believe US export and import control laws are not even 
> applicable in some jurisdictions, but could be enforced epspecially if 
> bipartite agreements exist between the involved jurisdictions.

Who cares?  Why are we having this hair-splitting discussion about which
jurisdictions US export and import controls apply in?

The controls apply *in the US*.  That means that, for anyone in the US, this
license imposes extralegal penalties for engaging in civil disobedience in
contravention of US embargo laws.  Regardless of whether you have any
intention of risking the *legal* penalties for violating US embargo laws, I
do *not* consider it free if a copyright holder tacks its own penalties on
top of that.  We are, after all, talking about laws that prohibit *the
sharing of software*, which is one of the most fundamental features of Free

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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