[License-discuss] Ethical open source licensing - Persona non Grata Preamble

Russell Nelson nelson at crynwr.com
Sat Feb 29 16:41:23 UTC 2020

On 2/29/20 5:12 AM, Grahame Grieve wrote:

> This precludes discrimination against illegal activities, either in 
> the source or user jurisdiction, right? Has this ever been tested in 
> court? (E.g. an open source library that was a key contributor to 
> empowering an illegal activity is targeted for allowing that use in 
> it’s license).

I liken it to the US Constitution's guarantee of free speech. You can 
talk about things, even illegal things, even saying exactly how to do 
them, as long as you have no concrete plans to do them (the latter being 
"conspiracy"). Same thing for software. Software is speech as well as 
being a tool.

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