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Re: choice of law clauses and GPL


From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: choice of law clauses and GPL
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 15:49:54 -0500
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Tim Smith writes:
> I don't see why choice of law clauses would necessarily be additional
> restrictions. To me, it seems they are more like definitions. They are
> telling you that the meaning of the license is interpreted under a
> particular established law. If the license, when interpreted under
> that law, does not impose any additional restrictions, why couldn't it
> be GPL compatible?

My thinking exactly.

> Note that a choice of law clause doesn't mean that any disputes must
> be litigated in the courts of the jurisdiction whose law is
> specified. The courts of one state or country are willing and able to
> apply the law of another state and country when handling a contract or
> license case.

Perhaps they are confounding "choice of law" and "choice of venue".
-- 
John Hasler 
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Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA


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