When can licenses be revoked? (was: License Proliferation)

Alex Bligh alex at alex.org.uk
Wed Sep 7 06:06:42 UTC 2005

--On 06 September 2005 22:36 -0700 Ben Tilly <btilly at gmail.com> wrote:

> I didn't know, but it was my impression that it couldn't happen.
> However when I googled for the topic, I found nothing saying that it
> couldn't happen, and http://www.ilaw.com.au/public/licencearticle.html
> saying that it definitely could.
> Is this really true?  And if so, does anyone have any thoughts on why
> it isn't more often discussed?

I thought only licenses given without consideration were revocable
at will - most licenses open-source include obligations upon the licensee
and are thus not without consideration, and so cannot be revoked at
will (unless, of course, that is an explicit term in the license).


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