[License-review] For Approval: The Cryptographic Autonomy License

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Thu May 2 18:59:12 UTC 2019

On Wed, May 1, 2019 at 6:18 PM VanL <van.lindberg at gmail.com> wrote:

> The analysis here is that Freedom 0 - the right to run the program as you
> wish, for any purpose - necessarily implies a right of data portability
> with regard to your own data. I am unable to run the program as I wish if,
> after having run it with some SaaS provider, all of my previous data
> entered into the program and used for my personal processing is now
> rendered inaccessible to me.

I am unable to run the program as I wish *unless* - which can be followed
by any number of absurd requirements on top of the one you should have a
right to: simply being able to run the program.

I once had some legal right - perhaps short of ownership - to hold a copy
of the data, before I uploaded it to some site operator and foolishly did
not keep my own copy, and not really considering that the site operator
wasn't responsible to keep and return that data. I probably clicked YES on
something that absolved them of responsibility and committed me to
indemnify them, without reading it. And of course I wasn't paying them.

I agree that some law, somewhere, should enforce responsibility upon social
network operators regarding privacy and some other things, but even then I
am not convinced that law should extend to a requirement to hand over data.
To attempt to implement this compulsion in an Open Source software license
rather than law? I am far from compelled.


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