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Re: MIT, Apache, BSD, GPL, LGPL what the h*ll

From: Paul Smith <pausmith_at_nortelnetworks.com>
Date: 2002-07-07 00:46:46 CEST

%% Daniel Berlin <dberlin@dberlin.org> writes:

>> PS. FWIW, the FSF and RMS never venture purely personal opinions on
>> legal matters. All their statements are endorsed by their lawyer.
>> Certainly he has an agenda, but, while it's nothing personal, I'd
>> bet on his personal opinion over yours, Branko :).

  db> Very dangerous idea.

Exactly what idea do you find dangerous? That someone would be better
advised to take the advice of a lawyer practiced in the relevant field
over that of a layman?

Surely you don't believe this.

  db> None of the opinions have been tested in court, regardless who
  db> they are endorsed by.

I never said, nor implied in any way, that they had been. I would love
to see them tested, but until that happens everyone simply has to live
with the situation as it stands.

The safest way to use a license is by following the interpretation put
forward by the licensors, even if you personally disagree with that
interpretation: this gives you the very best chance of not being taken
to court in the first place, which is always painful and risky.

 Paul D. Smith <pausmith@nortelnetworks.com> HASMAT--HA Software Mthds & Tools
 "Please remain calm...I may be mad, but I am a professional." --Mad Scientist
   These are my opinions---Nortel Networks takes no responsibility for them.
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