why does allowing click-through licenses "just feel wrong" to me?
jcowan at reutershealth.com
Thu Aug 8 12:08:12 UTC 2002
Rod Dixon scripsit:
> To prove consent, you need not show that
> the license/contract was negotiated. Non-negotiated contracts do exist and
> include many mass-market software licenses.
Indeed, the overwhelming majority of contracts actually executed are
not negotiated. Every time you buy something in a store, a contract is
formed and executed, but the seller dictates its terms.
> I am unclear what you mean when you say "permission notice;" you could mean
> copyright license, but that would make your argument a bit circular.
I think the GPL is unusual because it is a *conditional* copyright license;
it says "You have a license to do A, B, and C provided you also do D, E,
and F." Most copyright licenses are restricted but unconditional:
"You may make copies of this work by including it in every copy of
your magazine named Y", e.g.
John Cowan <jcowan at reutershealth.com>
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-- Calvin, giving Newton's First Law "in his own words"
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