[License-discuss] For Public Comment: The Libre Source License

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Wed Aug 21 18:12:48 UTC 2019

On Wed, Aug 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM Russell McOrmond <russellmcormond at gmail.com>

> I am offended by any alleged legitimacy granted to the exclusive rights of
> software authors being allowed to regulate private activities.

Try to maintain a collegial tone. You could as well say that you feel very
strongly about the issue, and explain why. When you say you are offended,
it's personal, rather than a policy discussion, and it's really easy for
other people to discount your feelings.

OK, I get it, but we still have the right to create derivative works as an
act restricted to the copyright holder. You can hardly run from it, it
exists in some form in the majority of countries. So, do you claim it's
fair use? If you fight for legal protection of acts in private that would
otherwise infringe upon the rights of the copyright holder, where are the
limits? When you run the program to in some way do business with another
legal entity, should that be the limit? Should you be able to run a server
for the public, and call it private because it's never distributed?

> As part of my public policy advocacy work I have always tried to convince
> policy makers (bureaucrats and politicians) to carve private activities out
> of copyright, and to ensure that contract law can never be abused to
> circumvent the limitations and exceptions to these exclusive rights.  In
> other words, I've spent decades trying to ensure the very clauses you wish
> to add to your "Open Source" license would be unenforceable.

And your successes are?


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