Subject: Re: Eiffel Forum License
From: Rick Moen <>
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2000 21:04:56 -0700

Quoting Rod Dixon, J.D., LL.M. (

> Someone, I have forgotten who, sorry, made an interesting comment about the
> enforceability of GPLs, generally. I agree that it is an open question
> whether a court would enforce some public licenses. If a license lacks
> consideration, it's enforceability is dubious and some developers may
> violate the terms of the license knowing that the copyright holder has
> little chance of prevailing in court.

I note Patrick Doyle's recent comments.

Is consideration relevant outside contract law?  It's always been my
understanding that free software licences purport to be a transfer of
copyright, not a contract.

You're the guy whose name has those initials trailing after it; what are
we missing, here?  ;->

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