[MPlayer-dev-eng] KiSS of copyright

James Courtier-Dutton James at superbug.demon.co.uk
Sat Mar 13 21:09:29 CET 2004

Gabucino wrote:
> D Richard Felker III wrote:
>>P.S. Gabu, post FULL mail archives of the discussion with KiSS by
>>tomorrow or I'll post what I have.
> I can not, I have a promise to hold (anyway I told you the contents of the
> mails, if you think I'm a liar, it's entirely your problem). You don't respect
> laws nor anything, so you can go ahead, feel _Free_, or use whatever reason...

In the business world, a promise is only a promise if it is written in a 
contract and the party making the promise signs the document.

In a sales contract, generally both parties are making a promise, so 
generally both parties have to sign it. The seller is promising to 
deliver a unit to the customer, and the customer is promising to pay for 

In a non-disclosure contract, the person signing the non-disclosure 
contract is promising not to disclose any information that is covered by 
the non-disclosure contract. The contract itself cannot be kept secret.

So, from this, I can only assume that you signed some document with kiss 
to make this "promise". Digital signatures in emails is enough for that.

There is a concept of a verbal contract, but generally all verbal 
contracts are next to impossible to enforce unless the conversation is 

Even with signatures, there are legal reasons why one party might not 
have to keep the promise. e.g. Contracts deemed to be unfair.

It is not my feelings, but it seems to me that you have made promises 
that other people in the mplayer group disagree with. It might help 
those people if you published the exact wording of the promises you have 

Your Sincerely


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