Revised License Committee Report for March 2009

John Cowan cowan at
Sat Mar 21 03:28:28 UTC 2009

Donovan Hawkins scripsit:

> Does any open source license protect against that? Most of the discussions 
> I found on Google were from several years ago, but the opinion at the time 
> seemed a bit grim.

Almost certainly not.  The whole point of license termination is to allow
the author, or his heirs, to recapture a copyright that was imprudently
licensed away.  Consequently, any provision of any license claiming to
override it is unlikely to work.

It was dreary and wearisome.  Cold clammy winter still held way in this
forsaken country.  The only green was the scum of livid weed on the dark
greasy surfaces of the sullen waters.  Dead grasses and rotting reeds loomed
up in the mists like ragged shadows of long-forgotten summers.
        --"The Passage of the Marshes"

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