non-military use license

John Cowan cowan at
Thu Jan 11 19:28:26 UTC 2007

Lawrence Rosen scripsit:

> Just as a license can't require the breaking of the law ["this software may
> only be used to kill and maim innocent people" is not a valid provision],
> the license need not require that the licensee obey the law ["this software
> cannot be used to physically harm or injure others" is unnecessary].

Of course, physically harming or injuring others need not be unlawful:
justification, self-defense, war.

> Why does this list spend so much time on hypothetical discussions?

For lack of any licenses to approve, I suppose.

John Cowan  cowan at
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