[LMB] OT: Comment markers (was Best One-Liners)

Geoffrey Waigh gpw at uniserve.com
Fri, 15 Feb 2002 17:44:53 -0800 (PST)


On Fri, 15 Feb 2002, Michael R N Dolbear wrote:

> How can an effective agreement not to sue not be a contract ?
> 
> There can be a contract without money changing hands, the standard gnu
> licence and the ALL WARRENTIES EXCLUDED are certainly attempt to set the
> state of legal relations to where the supplier wants them and have any
> attempt to sue foiled at the earliest possible moment and never let an
> American civil jury within a mile.

I'll note that almost all commercial software licenses (at least in
Canada/US,) make no warranties beyond maybe that the media the software
arrives on will store data.  Not even the program you thought you were
licensing.  If the distribution media is defective they will generously
replace it with other media that will store data.

So, while almost nobody is willing to stand behind their software, the Gnu
type developers will guarantee that you can obtain a machine readable,
human readable copy of the source code so you have a non-zero chance of
fixing it should the developer decline to.

Geoffrey