Subject: Re: All rights waived
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Sun, 13 May 2001 13:33:48 -0400 (EDT)

David Croft scripsit:

> It worries me a bit that some of the licenses treat "use" as just one of 
> many potential permissions that can be granted.  Take the MIT license
> for example:

Actually, "use" is not one of the rights reserved to the copyright holder.
When you lawfully get a copy of any copyrighted work, you may "use" it how
you please, provided you do not publicly perform or display it.
For example, if you receive a piece of (physical) mail from me,
you may use it to insulate your root cellar.

Its appearance in the MIT license is just redundant, IMHO; IANAL.

> Let's face it:  there aren't many clients out there who
> both understand and are willing to manage the obligations and
> restrictions of incorporated Open Source code.

Of the MIT license?  There's nothing to manage; nobody is obliged
to anybody for anything.

John Cowan                         
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