Re: Final text of GPL v3
On Sun, Jul 01, 2007 at 10:22:30AM +0100, Gervase Markham wrote:
> Sean Kellogg wrote:
> >Francesco... as I've said on this list before, "IANAL" is not a
> >sufficient disclaimer. Nor is saying "this is not legal advice." There
> >are laws, criminal laws, against the providing of legal advice by those
> >who not certified by the Bar Association within the jurisdiction the
> >advice is given in.
> Are you familiar enough with the laws of Italy (where Francesco appears
> to reside) to state that there are such laws which apply to him?
Francesco isn't giving advice to people in Italy, he's giving advice to
people on debian-legal as a whole. Given that unlicensed legal advice is a
criminal matter as Sean mentions, there is more to be concerned about than
his local laws.
> Does this line of argument mean that when I watch "Boston Legal", and
> decide to follow the advice some of those (fictional) lawyers gave their
> clients, I can sue the program when it all goes wrong, because the word
> "Legal" in the name gave me a reasonable expectation that they were
> providing "legal advice"?
No, because nobody in Boston Legal is advising you the watcher to do
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