[Linux-aus] Re: [Osia-discuss] Chosing an Open Source licence

Sridhar Dhanapalan sridhar at dhanapalan.com
Mon Apr 24 20:49:03 UTC 2006

On Monday 24 April 2006 22:11, Sridhar Dhanapalan <sridhar at dhanapalan.com> 
> On Monday 24 April 2006 12:59, Avi Miller <avi.miller at squiz.net> wrote:
> > Brendan Scott wrote:
> > > This is my experience:
> >
> > Yeesh. So how should someone chose a licence? Is there any Open Source
> > (OSI approved, yadda, yadda) licence that makes legal sense in
> > Australia? Without spending lots and lots on money paying for Brendan's
> > time, how does any commercial entity decide which licence makes the most
> > sense for their business needs?
> General disclaimer: IANAL
> This is indeed a problem. Most licences are made with the United States in
> mind. The MPL, for example, is based on Californian state law. Licences
> like this might not be as binding in other countries, depending on their
> legal systems.

I should add that this is a stated reason for why version 3 of the GPL has 
been such a long time in coming. The FSF are trying to word things in such a 
way that it is unambiguously legally binding in as many countries as 
possible, even after translation into local languages.

Sridhar Dhanapalan  [Yama | http://www.pclinuxonline.com/]
  {GnuPG/OpenPGP: http://dhanapalan.webhop.net/yama.asc
   0x049D38B4 : A7A9 8A02 78CB AB1B FCE4 EEC6 2DD9 249B 049D 38B4}

"Microsoft's operating system is what has led to our loss of control over 
computing. The system is so complicated and so burdened with the legacy of 
its past that it has become unusable by mere mortals, or even by geeks like 
me." - Stewart Alsop, Fortune Magazine
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: not available
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 191 bytes
Desc: not available
Url : http://lists.linux.org.au/pipermail/linux-aus/attachments/20060424/de909046/attachment-0001.pgp 

More information about the linux-aus mailing list