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Re: Nmap 4.02Alpha1 Released
From: David Warde-Farley <david.warde.farley () utoronto ca>
Date: Sat, 4 Mar 2006 19:00:53 -0500

On 4-Mar-06, at 1:59 PM, AgentSmith15 wrote:

Can someone explain this survey question?

"Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) features: Refuse to function  
without
license key, require registration and EULA acceptance to download."

What would be the pro/cons to this?

Fyodor can probably explain it better, but I found this rather  
puzzling too. Perhaps it would provide some sort of additional legal  
cover for Fyodor and all contributors against legal liability if the  
software is used for nefarious purposes? Though it seems that this  
section of the GPL would cover that:

IN NO EVENT UNLESS REQUIRED BY APPLICABLE LAW OR AGREED TO IN WRITING  
WILL ANY COPYRIGHT HOLDER, OR ANY OTHER PARTY WHO MAY MODIFY AND/OR  
REDISTRIBUTE THE PROGRAM AS PERMITTED ABOVE, BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR  
DAMAGES, INCLUDING ANY GENERAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL  
DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE PROGRAM  
(INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF DATA OR DATA BEING RENDERED  
INACCURATE OR LOSSES SUSTAINED BY YOU OR THIRD PARTIES OR A FAILURE  
OF THE PROGRAM TO OPERATE WITH ANY OTHER PROGRAMS), EVEN IF SUCH  
HOLDER OR OTHER PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH  
DAMAGES.

I suppose the "applicable law" part would be overridden by a  
contractual agreement to exempt all Nmap developers from liability,  
in the form of a clickthrough EULA agreement/registration process.

- Dave


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