Re: [unrev-II] BSD License?

From: Eric Armstrong (
Date: Thu May 04 2000 - 14:54:51 PDT

  • Next message: Bill Bearden: "RE: [unrev-II] BSD License?"

    From the site you mentioned:

    The original BSD license.
         This is a simple, permissive non-copyleft free software license
         with a serious flaw: the ``obnoxious BSD advertising clause''.
         The flaw is not fatal; that is, it does not render the software
         non-free. But it does cause practical problems, including
         incompatibility with the GNU GPL.

         We urge you not to use the BSD license for software you write.
    However, there is no reason not to use programs that have been
         released under the BSD license.

    The modified BSD license.
         This is the original BSD license, modified by removal of the
         advertising clause. It is a simple, permissive non-copyleft free
         software license with no particular problem. It is compatible with
         the GNU GPL.

         It is risky to recommend use of ``the BSD license'', because
         confusion could easily occur and lead to use of the original flawed
         BSD license. To minimize this risk, it is a good idea to suggest
         the X11 license instead.

    Thanks for the clarification.
    Question: Is anyone familiar with the problem clause?

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