[License-discuss] [License-review] CC withdrawl of CC0 from OSI process
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Sun Feb 26 22:31:12 UTC 2012
Rick Moen wrote:
> It's called 'realism'. The reason well written licences have an
> irreducible complexity about them is that they are obliged to deal with
> real legal issues, e.g., the way warranty disclaimers are required to be
The reality is that the people who have to comply with licences are not
professional lawyers. If they are presented with lots of legalese, they
are likely to ignore it, as most people do with shrink wrap licence
agreements, or the legal stuff hidden in low contrast, small font links
at the bottom of web pages, which the designers would rather not have
there at all.
I suspect that licences with lots of legalese discriminate against
medium size enterprises. Very small ones, and individuals, are not
worth suing, and very big one have bigger lawyers than yours. The
medium sized enterprise is not going to want to bring in a lawyer every
time a design specification is reviewed, so, if their management cannot
understand the licence, they may just play safe by looking for different
Emails are not formal business letters, whatever businesses may want.
RFC1855 says there should be an address here, but, in a world of spam,
that is no longer good advice, as archive address hiding may not work.
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