[License-discuss] step by step interpretation of common permissive licenses
cowan at ccil.org
Wed Jan 18 15:40:43 UTC 2017
On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 10:26 AM, Christopher Sean Morrison <brlcad at mac.com>
I would caution that many seemingly ordinary words can take on a different
> or more specific legal meaning in court.
Indeed. From Dorothy Sayers's novel _Unnatural Death_:
'You are too easily surprised,' said Mr. Towkington. 'Many words have no
legal meaning. Others have a legal meaning very unlike their ordinary
meaning. For example, the word "daffy-down-dilly". It is a criminal libel
to call a lawyer a daffy-down-dilly. ha! Yes, I advise you never to do
such a thing. No, I certainly advise you never to do it.
Then again, words which are quite meaningless in your ordinary conversation
may have a meaning in law. For instance, I might say to a young man like
yourself, "You wish to leave such-and-such property to so-and-so." And you
would very likely reply, "Oh, yes, absolutely" -- meaning nothing in
particular by that. But if you were to write in your will, "I leave
such-and-such property to so-and-so absolutely," then that word would bear
a definite legal meaning, and would condition your bequest in a certain
manner, and might even prove an embarrassment and produce results very far
from your actual intentions. Eh, ha! You see?'
["Daffy-down-dilly" was 16C legal slang for a lawyer who took money from
both sides of a litigation, and as such a very serious charge indeed,
tending to produce a breach of the peace.]
John Cowan http://vrici.lojban.org/~cowan cowan at ccil.org
"After all, would you consider a man without honor wealthy, even if his
Dinar laid end to end would reach from here to the Temple of Toplat?"
"No, I wouldn't", the beggar replied. "Why is that?" the Master asked.
"A Dinar doesn't go very far these days, Master. --Kehlog Albran
Besides, the Temple of Toplat is across the street." The Profit
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