Re: [Fwd: Debian and CDDL and DFSG]
Matthew Garrett writes:
> George Danchev <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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.