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Re: Please review Julius's license (custom license with publicity clause)



On Sat, 17 Jul 2010 20:44:52 -0700 Don Armstrong wrote:

> On Sun, 18 Jul 2010, Siegfried-Angel Gevatter Pujals wrote:
[...]
> > 5. This license of use of the Software shall be governed by the laws
> > of Japan, and the Kyoto District Court shall have exclusive primary
> > jurisdiction with respect to all disputes arising with respect
> > thereto.
> 
> This sounds like proscribed venue;

Yes, it really looks like a choice of law clause (which is usually
fine), followed by a choice of venue clause (which is seen as non-free
by a number of people, despite being considered acceptable by others).

> that's not something that I would
> ever agree to in a software licence without thought. However, I'm not
> sure what the current consensus is about the freeness of such clauses.

I think that my own personal opinion on choice of venue clauses is well
known to debian-legal regulars: I am convinced that such clauses are
non-free.


BTW, I agree with the rest of your analysis.


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