> We're talking about an hour or two conversation about the how the current > license evolved, where you'd like to take it,
Waste of time and money, lawyer will just nod while the bill increases.
> and what needs to happen to get there > in a way that would be defensible should the situation arise.
We know that already.
> and ... you know ... avoided seeking legal advice when it would have actually been > able to help.
How can it help? As far as I'm concerned we've done nothing. A couple of people have asserted copyright and relicensed code they believe they have the right to. That has happened for years in MAME. I've had copyright assertions on files for a long time.
> a situation that will never happen: "you have to accept that it's likely you'll get > sued someday". Might not happen to the MAME team directly but by your own admission > it's inevitable to the sort of people this change is supposedly catering to.
Going to a lawyer to get legal advice for someone else is odd & it's a hypothetical question. We already know what we're doing, but there is a minute chance we make a mistake and you want to pay a lawyer to tell us how not to make a mistake in case some unidentified person sues another unidentified party?