Legal soundness comes to open source distribution

Bruce Dodson bruce_dodson at
Tue Aug 13 19:56:16 UTC 2002

I kept my own email short because I knew there were other people, better 
qualified to speak on this.  Rod, thanks for stepping forward.  You 
presented the facts more thoroughly than I could.  By the way, although you 
say you disagree with me, I don't think I disagree with you.  I'm not sure 
where that leaves us.

My issue with Bernstein is that he presents his opinion as if it were 
historical fact.  This is dangerous for the unsuspecting reader.  One part 
of his opinion is that Microsoft's end user license agreements (and, by 
extension, all software license agreements) are not enforceable; that you 
can simply ignore the license terms and do whatever you want with the 
software.  That part of his argument really doesn't hold water for me.

>From: "Rod Dixon" <rod at>
>Last point: I do not think anyone made the argument that open source 
>licenses that are contracts are not enforceable.

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