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From Emmanuel Bourg <>
Subject Re: Licensing
Date Thu, 07 Oct 2004 14:19:36 GMT
Henri Yandell wrote:

> To answer Richard's question (didn't see it) I think the only
> political difficulty is the usual 'Free-Software' vs 'Open-Source' one
> that has existed for a long time. Which links to Henning's point; we
> spend tonnes of time and effort on tiny matters on legal pedantics
> instead of coding.

True, but on the other hand we could spend tonnes of times and effort 
duplicating LGPL code because no one cleared the legal uncertaincy.

> Now we're onto the IANAL stuff and ponderings on how to get such
> suggestions to a lawyer without it turning into an expensive 2 week
> Q&A. Can Promissory Estoppel (whatever that is) be given just on a
> website etc.
> For example, I'd love to see an ASF lawyer come up with a concise
> 'footnote' to the LGPL that we could ask Java LGPL users to add to
> their licences. Or just a 'promissory estoppel' that could be placed
> there.

That's a good idea, how do we contact the ASF lawyers ?

Emmanuel Bourg

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