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Re: Desert island test

On Thu, Mar 06, 2008 at 08:15:10AM -0800, Ken Arromdee wrote:
> On Thu, 6 Mar 2008, Adam Borowski wrote:
> > Having a country non-free doesn't make a license non-free.  In the chinese
> > dissident test the user chooses to fight against the bloody murderer (who
> > wears an uniform) -- he breaks unrelated laws, yet does not breach the
> > license in any way.
> A license that fails the dissident test *is* non-free.

No, a license that doesn't follow the DFSG is non-free; a license that
fails the dissident test is merely not useful for someone who wants to
violate local law while obeying copyright law.

The claim that protesting is a "field of endeavour", and that forcing you
to be publically associated with your use, distribution or development
of software is "discrimination" is at best a matter of opinion; it's not
a logical necessity. The dissident test is certainly useful for people
trying to understand the implications of license conditions; but it's
not a simple "non-free", no matter how long individual contributors to
-legal have thought it, or how emphatically they state it...


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