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Re: Did I finally figure out the rationale?


From: Rui Miguel Silva Seabra
Subject: Re: Did I finally figure out the rationale?
Date: Sun, 27 May 2007 00:35:13 +0100

Sáb, 2007-05-26 às 13:00 -0700, mike3 escreveu:
> On May 26, 1:32 pm, David Kastrup <address@hidden> wrote:
> <snip>
> > Now most software "licenses" purport not at all to be licenses, namely
> > permissions for doing something.  Instead they purport to be
> > contracts: that is why you have to click "I agree" and similar stuff.
> > In that case, a legal defense can actually be that you can't enter
> > into a contract by clicking on a button on some screen.
> >
> 
> I know this isn't really relevant to the question at hand but I just
> had to ask. Since the license is actually a contract, then does

No, the license is not a contract, it is a Copyright License. The
wrong-doing licensors try to make it look like a contract in order to be
able to do certain things like restrict your freedoms way further than
copyright law defines it.

> that mean, that, say, if a child under the age of 18 were to
> install the software, they would be free to ignore any restriction
> that it imposes that is not imposed otherwise by copyright law,
> since minors cannot enter into a legally binding contract?

Irrelevant since it's not a contract but a Copyright license.

Rui

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+ Whatever you do will be insignificant,
| but it is very important that you do it -- Gandhi
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