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Re: [Fwd: Debian and CDDL and DFSG]

Marcel Ray <mjr@phonecoop.coop> wrote:

> I do not understand why you need choice of venue.  Unless we know how 
> that venue treats absent defendants, any ambiguous terms in the licence 
> and some other things, it looks rather like a licensor trying to get 
> some advantage, such as being able to use their usual legal team against 
> a smaller defendant and stopping that defendant being judged by their 
> own state's people when appropriate.  As you note, it isn't usual for 
> free software licences to specify venue, as there are other agreements 
> which do that.  Why is choice of venue needed?

(Small copyright holder with limited resources, large company with no 
business presence in copyright holder's state, copyright violation, but 
I think we've had this conversation before)

> The particular choice of Santa Clara County, California for opensolaris 
> scares me - after all, it's where Adobe of freesklyarov.org fame chooses 
> as venue for its licence disputes.  

It's where Sun are based, so it's hardly surprising.

Matthew Garrett | mjg59-chiark.mail.debian.legal@srcf.ucam.org

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