Copy-Back License draft for discussion

John Cowan jcowan at
Mon Apr 25 13:22:47 UTC 2005

Thorsten Glaser scripsit:

> >About the most that the FLOSS community will accept is a requirement to
> >publicize the change on a web page, not to actively mail it back to you.
> It's not DFSG-free.

The GNU GPL is probably not DFSG-free, either, since it is without consideration
and thus revocable, at least with respect to future rather than current
licensees.  As such it fails the Tentacles of Evil test.

<flame>debian-legal is infested with fanatics who interpret legal principles
as if they were code, and think judges are no smarter than CPUs.</flame>

But that, he realized, was a foolish            John Cowan
thought; as no one knew better than he          jcowan at
that the Wall had no other side.      
        --Arthur C. Clarke, "The Wall of Darkness"

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