Update on Software Freedom Law Center work

Troy Rollo wine at troy.rollo.name
Sun Apr 2 23:27:18 CDT 2006

On Monday 03 April 2006 11:46, Jan Zerebecki wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 03, 2006 at 09:58:26AM +1000, Troy Rollo wrote:

> Is there a case possible where neither can be constructed without
> hassle? Think something like: insurance against GPL violators.

The insurance company has to be able to demonstrate that there is an insurable 
loss, which is difficult, but it may be possible. There would have to be a 
premium involved though.

> And in case of (a): Must one in practice be somehow involved (for
> example go to court or something) when beeing "joined"?

Usually in such a case the court will allow the party joined in such 
circumstances to not participate as long as they agree to consent to any 
order made - but they have to participate at least to the point of giving 
such consent on whatever terms the consent has to be given.

However to do this the party bringing the action must have given value 
(usually, but not necessarily, money) in return for the contractual right to 
bring the action. Getting this right is not trivial and runs some risk of the 
arrangement being undone by the court if, for example, the "value" given is 

Far and away the easiest way to do it is just to assign copyright.
Troy Rollo - wine at troy.rollo.name

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