Software distribution licenses are not "irrevocable as a rule"
Date: Fri Jan 04 2019 - 01:57:11 EST
The difference between you and them is that you believe that the GPL
requires consideration between licensee and grantor to be revocable.
Everybody else in the SFConverancy and the LKML disagree, a software
distribution license is non-revocable.
Incorrect. The SFConverancy tries to construe the clause I cited earlier
as a promise not to revoke, thus inducing, by their argument, a
reasonable reliance on the part of the taker that the permission will
not be revoked.
THAT is their argument.
That clause is not what they pro-port it to be, nor would it be
effective if not contracted for. It is not reasonable to rely on a term
that you paid no consideration to the grantor for.
a software distribution license is non-revocable.
Absolutely wrong. There is no such rule.
What you are thinking of, and you hinted at previously by calling the
license a commercial license, is ... indeed, commercial software
licenses where the taker pays consideration to the grantor.
In those cases, where there is a clause regarding revocation of the
license, where the taker has payed for that license, the courts construe
the contract to be one where those terms are not revocable because they
are supported by the consideration the taker payed to the grantor.
THAT is why commercial software licensing contracts "are irrevocable".
Go read the cases. The fact that the consumer actually payed for the
license is the deciding factor. He payed, he keeps what he payed for.
You did not pay? You did not pay linux coder 729 who is still a
copyright holder to his code? Well your "interest" is unsupported as
regards to that piece of linux coder 729's property.