David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Mon Mar 9 09:28:23 UTC 2009

2009/3/9 Ben Finney <bignose+hates-spam at benfinney.id.au>:

> I think this clause would be well outside the bounds of copyright law;
> or, if it's not, it should be.
> Copyright is *not* a tool appropriate for exercising arbitrary control
> over recipients of a work; it is a tool for protecting *rights* of the
> copyright holder. The further you get from reasonable rights of an
> individual into affecting the lives of others, the further it goes
> from a right of freedom toward a grant of power over other people.
> Your proposed clause, as far as I can determine, is clearly an
> exercise of power over others, and not a right that anyone should
> have.

In this sense, it works like an EULA, with the same ethical problems.

- d.

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