Re: Sun Java available from non-free
On Wednesday 07 June 2006 03:43, Ian Jackson wrote:
> Mike Bird writes ("Re: Sun Java available from non-free"):
> > Non-freeness is a red herring. The issue is that a "small cabal" -
> > - a small cabal operating outside its field of expertise - has
> > placed Debian in the position of indemnifying Sun.
> This is obviously not possible.
> Debian is not a legal entity and can't indemnify anyone.
Debian is not a natural person, and Debian is not a
corporation, and Debian is not a partnership. Debian
would have a hard time getting an unsecured bank loan.
This does not immunize Debian against being sued.
Debian can be sued as an "unincorporated association
other than a partnership".
Alternatively, Debian can be sued In Rem: "Fat Cats Inc versus
a software distribution called Debian".
Alternatively, Debian can be sued by serving some of Debian's
officers and/or DD's and/or mirror operators and/or SPI. Look
for "Does 1 thru 10000" as additional defendents.
Stop guessing. Consult a GOOD attorney. And give the good
attorney a copy of this thread, because even good attorneys
have difficult picking up on all the nuances of a question
and this thread contains a lot of good ideas from a lot of
Or persuade Sun to issue a usable license rather than hiding
behind a legally meaningless FAQ.