[OpenAFS] is YFS a "derived work" -- raise funds for legal opinion

Troy Benjegerdes hozer@hozed.org
Tue, 2 Oct 2012 21:07:13 -0500

On Tue, Oct 02, 2012 at 09:08:49PM -0400, Brandon Allbery wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 8:39 PM, Troy Benjegerdes <hozer@hozed.org> wrote:
> > My opinion is anyone filing suit against a 'derivative work' of AFS would
> > pretty much guarantee the end of the company filing suite. It might be
> >
> Pretty optimistic, there; what are your legal credentials?
> If you don't have any, your opinion is somewhere between meaningless and
> actively dangerous; the latter, if someone were to try to rely on it.
> Free speech doesn't apply to this.  The only thing that matters if it comes
> to such a lawsuit is money; you going to put up?

You're right. It is actively dangerous for pretty much any of us on this
list to start speculating about theoretically possible lawsuits.

I'd like to put my money where my mouth is and put in $50 to retain the
FSF council Eben Moglen to answer this question with real legal advice.

I figure it is not worth his time unless there are at least 2-3 others 
also willing to make the same contribution.