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Re: Loading a package applies automatically to future sessions?

From: Phillip Lord
Subject: Re: Loading a package applies automatically to future sessions?
Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2018 20:36:02 +0000
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George Plymale II <address@hidden> writes:

> Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:
>> [[[ To any NSA and FBI agents reading my email: please consider    ]]]
>> [[[ whether defending the US Constitution against all enemies,     ]]]
>> [[[ foreign or domestic, requires you to follow Snowden's example. ]]]
>>   > What if they can't? What if I don't have parents? What if I live in
>>   > foster homes and my legal guardian is frequently changed?
>> If that happens, I will worry about what to do.
> Well, I don't think I could convince any of my parents to sign copyright
> waivers. And I don't want to subject them to such concerns. Moreover, it
> is possible that there is further ambiguity because of things that I
> cannot divulge publicly.
> In any case, this policy is certainly a pain for minors.

Indeed. But, without the copyright policy, you should still be asking
your parents about your ability to licence your software under
GPL. Because who ever uses your software is, effectively, entering into
a contract with you, that gives them the right to use your softawre

Now the contractual terms of the GPL state that is irrevocable. I don't
know how it is in the US, but in the UK, my understanding anyway, is
that while as a minor you can make a contract, you can revoke that
contract before you reach 18 or shortly after. Even if that
disadvantages the other party.

So, I don't think the assignment policy is the issue here. The law is
with respect to minors is difficult; it's not meant to be a pain, it's
meant to be a protection. Either way, the complexities of being a minor
do apply to an assignment policy, but they also apply to licencing.

Usual "I am not a lawyer" restrictions apply to anything I say here.


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