dalcolmo at vh-s.de
Mon Sep 10 08:50:07 UTC 2001
markj at cloaked.freeserve.co.uk said:
> Does the GPL specify a jurisdiction? I don't remember it being there.
No, on the contrary. Since Free Software is often a product of many
individuals in many different countries, restricting the jurisdiction to a
specific place restricts the rights of those, who have contributed or will
contribute, but do not reside in this jurisdiction.
In addition, the FSF worries about the following scenario: Someone decides to
modify some software and puts a jurisdiction in country X on it. If that
country X then has laws that restrict any of the Freedoms in the Free
Software, this software would become unfree.
Therefore, a license that specifies a jurisdiction is considered incompatible
with the GPL. That is why I started wondering about the Mandrake license. I
think the intent of that license is really just to say: If someone insists to
sue Mandrake for anything on their distribution they have to do it in Paris. I
was wondering if that is OK.
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