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Re: [Fwd: Debian and CDDL and DFSG]

Matthew Garrett writes:

> George Danchev <danchev@spnet.net> wrote:
>> An evil author (as copyright holder) despite his limited resources could cause 
>> lots of damage to a large company which has never violated his copyrights.
>> This is even more scary.
> Someone of sufficient evilness can do that whether they're acting within 
> a license or not. They're already dishonest - who's going to stop them 
> lying about the license contents?

Nobody can or will *stop* someone else from lying.  But the liar can
face penalties from the legal system: sanctions; liability for
malicious prosecution and/or perjury; for the lawyer, potential
disbarment.  These go away if the license explicitly permits one side
to be evil in this way.

Michael Poole

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