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[bug#55998] [PATCH] gnu: Add cctools.

From: Philip McGrath
Subject: [bug#55998] [PATCH] gnu: Add cctools.
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2022 15:06:18 -0400
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On 6/15/22 14:45, Maxime Devos wrote:
Philip McGrath schreef op wo 15-06-2022 om 13:15 [-0400]:
+      (license license:apsl2))))

Seems to have a problematic cause:

‘13.6 Dispute Resolution. Any litigation or other dispute resolution
between You and Apple relating to this License shall take place in the
Northern District of California, and You and Apple hereby consent to
the personal jurisdiction of, and venue in, the state and federal
courts within that District with respect to this License. The
application of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the
International Sale of Goods is expressly excluded.’

To me it seems a bit much to require of users _outside_ the US to have
to subject theirselves to the US whenever Apple feels like litigating.

(Is such an unilateral requirement even legal?)

I agree that the choice-of-law language is less than friendly to users.

The FSF has issued an opinion [1] that the APSL 2.0 is a free software license: they say that "Apple's lawyers worked with the FSF to produce a license that would qualify" (after problems with earlier versions of the license). They "recommend you do not release new software using this license; but it is ok to use and improve software which other people release under this license."

IIUC, (guix licenses) only defines FSDG-compatible licenses.

Certainly there are broader community governance questions implicated, but I don't think this patch needs to resolve them.



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