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Comment Re:Uh ... What? (Score 1) 320

Unless you explicitly stated that the code was free for all purposes, you retain the right to pursue any of the people in your examples who used your code for copyright infringement.

They all took a chance by using your code, and they lucked out that you were happy with that. But you do still retain the right to pursue them.

I don't like doing that to my users - I'd rather that they can be secure in the knowledge that I intended the code to be free and they have a right to do what they will with it. That requires that I post a licence.

Comment Re:Arrests in the UK (Score 1) 534

The problem is that other countries don't understand how easy is to be arrested, so they still use an arrest as a criteria for allowing visa-free travel.

So if you book a holiday to the US in January and are scheduled to fly in November, but get arrested in August for a bullshit reason, you're screwed. Your travel insurance company won't refund anything and the US visa process requires that you travel to one of a handful of locations (and that's only if you can get an appointment in time!)

And for companies, if I have 9 candidates for a role without arrest records and 1 who's background check comes back saying that he was arrested for violence, am I going to hire one of the 9 easy ones, or bother to go to the effort of finding out that he was defending his wife and child in his own home ?

Comment Arrests in the UK (Score 2) 534

An arrest in the UK is a big deal. Regardless of a conviction, it shows up on background checks in the future and limits the jobs you can get. The police get to keep youru DNA and your fingerprints for a number of years.

It also means that you can no longer visit certain countries on vacation or for work (including the USA) without going through an expensive and time consuming visa application process.

It's a big deal and it sucks that we're arresting so many people under these laws. Mr. Bean is right - section 5 of the public order act needs to go!

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