Legal soundness comes to open source distribution
nelson at crynwr.com
Sat Aug 3 03:13:46 UTC 2002
Brian Behlendorf writes:
> I see a practical issue - if I install Debian from CD and fire up Mozilla,
> I don't want to have to go through ten dozen different dialog boxes with
I don't like it any more than you do. You're being asked to agree to
give up the right to any warranty. From what various legal scholars
tell me, a non-contractual license (such as the GPL) cannot cause you
to give up your warranty rights. Only a contract can do that. Yes,
the law *is* an ass, and needs to be changed. Until then, a warranty
disclaimer needs agreement.
> Philosophically, I don't like the idea of someone being restricted
> in what they can do once they have the software in their hands.
Agreed. That's why I think we need to amend the OSD so that it
clearly states that a license must not restrict use, modification, or
redistribution of the software.
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