[License-review] request for review of the 3D Slicer License

Thorsten Glaser tg at mirbsd.de
Tue Jun 8 20:11:50 UTC 2021

McCoy Smith dixit:

>But Larry’s right these sort of license requirements are surplusage;
>breaking the law is already, well, illegal.

There’s no “the” law, though. Which one(s) do apply?

I am (after following some of the discussions on this over the
last years or so) fully convinced that this kind of language
is not acceptable for OSS licences.

This can get worse VERY quickly if one of the parties brings some
choice-of-law clause into it, either in the licence text or in the
licence grant on the work or implicitly, for example by consumer

(Consider A from X gives B from Y a work under a licence with such
language and, for B, consumer laws dictate that some local court
applies. Now C from X gets the work from B. (Assuming it’s not one
of the licence where everyone ultimately gets the work from A.)
Even figuring out which laws can apply to that becomes an exercise
in international law fun very quickly.)

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when God enlightens him. Or only God invents algorithms, we merely copy them.
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