EUPL v 1.0 revokable ?
ben at benfinney.id.au
Tue Feb 13 21:59:43 UTC 2007
On 13-Feb-2007, Xavi Drudis Ferran wrote:
> Hello. Argh. I've written too much again, i'll try to underline some
> sections with "!>" so you can skip the rest:
Unfortunately this makes it look like you're including text from a
different message (i.e. quoting another message), and is more
confusing. Perhaps judicious use of blank lines would better offset
the sections of your message.
> !>The license is all right with me, until I get to an strange
> !>twist: !>
> !> The European Commission may put into force translations and/or binding new
> !> versions of this Licence, so far this is required and reasonable. New versions of the
> !> Licence will be published with a unique version number. The new version of the
> !> Licence becomes binding for You as soon as You become aware of its publication.
> I've seen similar clauses in some propietary licenses (for demos or
> betas at least).
The drafter of the copyright license has a strong motive to increase
the control held by the copyright holder, at the expense of the
recipient of the work. This is just one expression of that.
Proprietary licenses claim a great range of things for the copyright
holder, and in many cases these are overreaching and of dubious
On the other hand, a change in the law is all it takes to make these
overreaching clauses binding, at least to the extent that they would
be very expensive to defend against.
> !> That wouldn't be free software
You're right, for the reason you state below.
> I'm relieved to find that confirmed in the free software definition at
> http://www.fsf.org/licensing/essays/free-sw.html :
> In order for these freedoms to be real, they must be irrevocable as
> long as you do nothing wrong; if the developer of the software has the
> power to revoke the license, without your doing anything to give
> cause, the software is not free.
"You can have these freedoms until I decide otherwise for my own
reasons" is not a grant of free license. We should only accept
freedoms that are granted in the presumption of good faith; i.e. that
if we give no cause to have the freedoms restricted, they will not be
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Ben Finney <ben at benfinney.id.au>
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