What is considered off-site usage?

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Thu Mar 13 01:19:28 UTC 2008

John Cowan wrote:
> With all due respect to the legal profession, this would be fearful
> nonsense. The language of these licenses is as clear as legalese gets
> -- they were written to be clear -- and should not be at all hard to
> understand if you read it carefully.

I agree, for most licenses.

  The lawyers and courts are actually
> more confused than you are. The law of software rights is murky, and
> case law on open-source licenses is (as of mid-2003) nonexistent; no
> one has ever been sued under them.  [No longer quite true.]
> This means a lawyer is unlikely to have a significantly better insight
> than a careful lay reader.

That's actually not a primary motivation in my IANAL disclaimer.  My 
motivations are first, to avoid misleading anyone into thinking I am a 
lawyer, and second, to avoid the (however unlikely) possibility of a UPL 

Matt Flaschen

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