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The exfiltrated exFAT driver

Posted Jul 29, 2013 7:15 UTC (Mon) by marcH (subscriber, #57642)
In reply to: The exfiltrated exFAT driver by mathstuf
Parent article: The exfiltrated exFAT driver

> So my question here is: how can the GPLv3 affect GPLv2 (in the legal sense)? What the authors intended might be nice and all, but intentions aren't what matter most in the court room (for contracts and such at least) since there are written words to quibble over that both parties agreed to.

Sure written words matter most. IANAL but I'm pretty sure most courts consider intentions as well to a lesser degree. Among many other examples, in some jurisdictions some contracts do not even need to be written. A hand shake or even phone call can be enough.

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The exfiltrated exFAT driver

Posted Aug 2, 2013 16:43 UTC (Fri) by Wol (guest, #4433) [Link]

The written word trumps the spoken word.

But where the written word is ambiguous / doesn't exist, the intentions and spoken words have legal force.

Of course, proving intentions and spoken words can be very difficult, which is why it's important to make sure the written word says what you mean.

For the most part, contracts by mouth/handshake were enforced by trust. In a small market where everyone knew everyone you had a symbol (such as a handshake) that said "okay, we have a contract". Get a reputation for walking away from agreements, and you would rapidly find yourself unable to do business.


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