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SubjectRe: Code of Conduct: Let's revamp it.
Dear Edward,

> I know others have already said it, but:
> This is legally nonsense. The only way I can revoke someone's rights to
> my code under the GPL is if they violate the terms of the GPL.

this aspect of FOSS licenses has -- to the best of my knowledge --
never been tested in court. Actually, the Free Software Foundation felt
compelled to clarify this point in GPLv3 and there is a thread on
StackOverflow acknowledging the possibility of revoking a license [1].
Finally, revoking the license may very well be possible in some
jurisdictions but not all of them, e.g., Australia [2]. There are 195
independent states in this world and I do not think you can make such a
broad claim if it has never been legally contested before.

By the way your e-mail is violating the code of coduct.

> This is legally nonsense.

You are not empathic towards others and respectful of differing
viewpoints.

> In short, "unconditionedwitness", please shut up. You're not helping.

The comment is derogatory if not downright offensive.

[1]
https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/832/is-a-copyright-license-by-default-revocable-or-irrevocable
[2]
https://web.archive.org/web/20091024034824/http://www.ilaw.com.au/public/licencearticle.html

Sincerely
Christoph Conrads

On Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:57:15 +0100
Edward Cree <ec429@cantab.net> wrote:

> On 20/09/18 10:27, unconditionedwitness@redchan.it wrote:
> > Contributors can, at any time, rescind the license grant regarding their
> > property via written notice to those whom they are rescinding the grant
> > from (regarding their property (code)).
>
> I know others have already said it, but:
> This is legally nonsense. The only way I can revoke someone's rights to
> my code under the GPL is if they violate the terms of the GPL. If I
> were to do so otherwise, then _I_ would be in violation for having
> distributed derived works of the kernel without a GPL, not to mention
> the obvious reliance/estoppel problems.
>
> Moreover, even if I _could_ revoke the license, I wouldn't want to do
> so; it would be ridiculously petty in itself and the precedent it would
> set would be destructive to the entire open-source community, about
> which I care deeply. It is _because_ Linux and other open-source
> projects are so important to humanity that I spoke up about what I
> perceive as a threat to it.
>
> In short, "unconditionedwitness", please shut up. You're not helping.

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