Request for approval: EUPL (European Union Public Licence)
cowan at ccil.org
Sat Mar 15 18:02:20 UTC 2008
Matthew Flaschen scripsit:
> >Yes, this clause is not acceptable. *I* could accept "new version of
> >the License becomes finding for You as soon as You become aware of its
> >approval by the OSI as an Open Source license." but I recognize that
> >other people may feel differently.
> I would still object to that, and I don't think OSI has approved such a
> I'd rather have free software in a totalitarian state than no free
> software in a totalitarian state.
Fortunately, there are no totalitarian states at present, only democratic
and authoritarian ones.
> >Sure it is. It's just a choice of legal systems, just a
> >jurisdiction. Otherwise you're asking lawyers to draft a legal
> >document without knowing what system of laws it will be subject to.
> >Let's play a card game without Hoyle's and see if we can do it without
> It's fine to specify EU law if the licensor is in Europe. But
> otherwise, it should be the law of the licensor's residence.
This falls afoul of the same problem. X releases an original work within
the EU; Y releases a derivative from some benighted country where the
EUPL is invalid. Y's code is unfree.
We have consistently accepted licenses that required a particular choice
of law. We shouldn't change that now.
John Cowan cowan at ccil.org http://ccil.org/~cowan
Original line from The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold:
"Only on Barrayar would pulling a loaded needler start a stampede toward one."
English-to-Russian-to-English mangling thereof: "Only on Barrayar you risk to
lose support instead of finding it when you threat with the charged weapon."
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