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SubjectRe: The linux devs can rescind their license grant.
On Thu, Oct 25 2018, Eric S. Raymond wrote:

> Theodore Y. Ts'o <>:
>> On Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 03:39:01PM -0400, Eric S. Raymond wrote:
>> > Under Jacobsen vs. Katzer (535 f 3d 1373 fed cir 2008) authors of
>> > GPLed software have a specific right to relief (including injunctive
>> > relief) against misappropriation of their software. That ruling (which
>> > was the case of first impression on the binding status of the GPL)
>> > reputational damage is *specifically* recognized as grounds for relief.
>> I've read the legal briefs, and I'm pretty sure they don't say what
>> you are claiming they say. Yes, I'm not a lawyer --- but that's OK
>> --- neither are you.
> How much are you willing to gamble on not being wrong?
>> The *vast* majority of the "anti-CoC dissidents" who have been
>> advancing this argument, have, as near as I can tell, little or no
>> copyright ownership in the kernel.
> I do not have any facts with which to dispute this specific claim.
> However, I do notice that a significant number of long-time
> contributors have put themselves in the anti-CoC camp. I note Al Viro
> as a recent example.

I think you are blurring two groups here.
Ted describes "anti-CoC dissidents" as people who are advancing an
argument about rescinding their license. This is a smaller groups than
the "ant-CoC camp" who don't really like the CoC. I suspect is it is a
much smaller group when restricting to actual copyright holders.

I am against the CoC as it stands, but rescinding any license is such an
enormous over-reaction, I find the concept laughable.


> Even supposing you are right about most of the anti-Coc people being
> outsiders, a tiny minority of people with a genuine IP stake could do a
> lot of damage. I ask again: how much are you willing to gamble on not
> being wrong?
> I definitely do not want to see the kind of explosion we could witness.
> I think you are making it more likely rather than less by appearing
> high-handed and dismissive. Because, whatever the merits of the
> CoC itself, there has been a process failure here. It doesn't look
> good to be defending that failure.
> A change like the CoC adoption was not a good thing to do without
> proper public notice, discussion, and consensus-building *beforehand*.
> This was an unforced error on the part of the leadership group;
> please, *please* don't compound it by digging in around the error. Do
> you really think you're going to win hearts and minds among insider
> dissidents - people with a genuine stake - by dismissing the
> opposition as a troll job?
> Instead of declaiming about "trolls", how about we fix the process
> failure instead?
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> <a href="">Eric S. Raymond</a>
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