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[gentoo-user] Re: Thank you for your insight.

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Dec 28, 2018, 5:00:06 PM12/28/18
Thank you for the response, though I feel you don't address my
question. Happily though, I spoke with an acquaintance and it was
determined that the subservience to the license (i.e. agreeing to be
bound by the GPL2) could not be offered as consideration as its
restrictions were not the licensee's to offer at the time of
acceptance of the license. The licensee had no rights to offer as part
of the contract, as the contract had not yet given them any rights to
give up. The terms put forth by the GPL2 are only restrictions that
are part of the license.

Furthermore, as stated above, it should seem quite self referential -
I can't offer my acceptance of a license as consideration, because it
is what I am trying to accept.

As I am sure you are aware, under US law there is no contract if both
sides have not provided consideration. This leaves us in the strange
place of gratis licenses being suggestions.


On Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 12:47 PM <> wrote:
> Thank you for your insight.
> It is a shame that there were no responses. They ignored your post, then
> kept baying at me: "no this is wrong" "you're not a lawyer" "I will not
> lower myself to refute you with arguments!".
> As for non-monetary consideration to support an additional no-revocation
> term:
> Many of the old linux-kernel (programmer)rights-holders have received
> nothing, and have made no such promise.
> Many of the contributors (who did not transfer their rights) have
> received nothing.
> There is nothing to uphold the contention that they have forfeited their
> default right to rescind license to their property.
> They never made such a promise, they were never paid for such a promise,
> they never contracted for such, etc.
> They wrote code, licensed it gratuitously,
> and now an attempt is being made to both control their speech, their
> action, and to basically convert their property.
> Most of the entities who have been licensed the works have neither paid
> anything to the various rights-holders,
> nor have they ever contacted nor been contacted by the various
> rights-holders, etc.
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