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

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Sat May 11 00:16:22 UTC 2019

On Fri, May 10, 2019 at 5:20 PM VanL <van.lindberg at gmail.com> wrote:

2) You believe an operator's ability to lock down the data they receive
> from end users is core to the OSD and to the concept of Free Software.

As Eric Frank Russell wrote in his story "Basic Right", you have a hold of
the right stick, but at the wrong end.  To turn the knob up to 11:

We do not believe that the "right" to commit crimes is core to the OSD and
the Free Software Guidelines.  We *do* believe that using FOSS licensing to
try to prevent people from committing crimes is a Very Bad Idea.

John Cowan          http://vrici.lojban.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
This great college [Trinity], of this ancient university [Cambridge],
has seen some strange sights. It has seen Wordsworth drunk and Porson
sober. And here am I, a better poet than Porson, and a better scholar
than Wordsworth, somewhere betwixt and between.  --A.E. Housman
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