[Foundation-l] Re-licensing

Thomas Dalton thomas.dalton at gmail.com
Thu Jan 22 22:46:56 UTC 2009

2009/1/22 Mike Godwin <mgodwin at wikimedia.org>:
> Thomas Dalton writes:
>>> So, online but on a different server is okay, but online when there's
>>> an offline copy isn't? What is the legal distinction you're drawing
>>> here? (I ask for the "legal distinction" because you are articulating
>>> your concern in terms of what you purport to be violations of your
>>> legal rights.)
>> It all boils down to how you define "reasonable", and that's usually
>> left to laymen, not lawyers.
> If Anthony used the word "reasonable" in relation to this distinction,
> I missed it.  In any case, it's not forbidden for lawyers to have
> intuitions about what is reasonable. In general, lawyers have the same
> prerogatives as laymen in this regard.

The license uses the word "reasonable" and Anthony is talking about
what is acceptable under the license. Of course, lawyers can have
views on reasonableness, but they do so in their capacity as people,
not lawyers. (There's a joke there, but I'm not going to stoop that

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