Illegal suggestions on python list

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Fri Jul 5 08:47:27 CEST 2013

On 07/05/2013 12:30 AM, Chris Angelico wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 3:10 AM, Rustom Mody<rustompmody at>  wrote:
>> On Thu, Jul 4, 2013 at 9:16 PM, Steven D'Aprano
>> <steve+comp.lang.python at>  wrote:
>>> Which crime is that? Presumably you mean an actual criminal felony, not a
>>> mere civil offence. Under which jurisdiction?
>>> If piracy is a crime, and not just a civil offence, then surely so is
>>> libel.
>> You've got your OO class hierarchy mixed up and then imposing that on me.
>> See
>> I did not say or suggest felony.
>> Maybe misdemeanor or infarction. Dunno which. IANAL...
> The specific terms don't really matter here, but in most
> jurisdictions, "felony" will be a term that unambiguously refers to a
> crime against the law, as distinct from what Steven is comparing
> against, civil damages.
> If I shoot you dead, I have committed murder. This is a crime.
> If I put up a sign saying "Entrance to<your business name>" over my
> own door, next to yours, then I have committed no crime, but you can
> sue me in civil court for your loss of business resulting from my
> action.
> Whether one of them is classed as a felony in some jurisdiction or not
> doesn't matter, what matters is that one is simply not a crime.
> Violating a license agreement usually is not a crime (and if done in
> good faith, is often considered a bug to be fixed, not a suit to be
> pressed - but that does NOT apply here), hence the analogies to
> criminal action somewhat break down.
> That said, though, offering in public to rip someone off is just as
> unwise as offering in public to commit a crime.
> ChrisA


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