Subject: Re: For Approval: Microsoft Permissive License
From: Rick Moen <>
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 10:10:40 -0700

Quoting David Woolley (
> Rick Moen wrote:
>>This is an ideological construing of the term 'damage' that would carry
>>zero weight in tort law.
> In that case, how would you draft a licence/contract that did provide 
> valid protection of the ideological goals, or what would you suggest 
> that open source developers should tell their government representatives 
> to demand in new legislation to make this possible?

That's a very broad question, although I suppose it is a significant one.

Open source developers should of course try to ensure that the leaders
of projects are reasonably trustworthy.  The licence/contract should 
make clear what the licensor is trying to achieve.  Beyond those things,
I'm not sure offhand what to recommend.

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