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Date: 2001-06-07 (09:03)
From: Joerg Czeranski <jc@j...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] CDK license
Stefan Monnier wrote:
> >>>>> "Dave" == Dave Berry <> writes:
> > I would encourage people to use an X/BSD-like license for code
> > whereever possible.  This license allows anyone to do anything whatsoever
> > with the code, provided that they keep the copyright notice and NO
> > WARRANTY notice.  It saves you all this hassle with determining what is
> > and is not allowed, and which code may be linked or distributed with which
> > other code.
> You seem to be talking about the original BSD license.  Note that in that
> license, the requirement to keep the copyright notice makes it incompatible
> with the GPL license (which is why there is a revised BSD license which
> does away with the "keep the copyright notice" part).

No, the "revised" BSD license (BSD license without advertising clause)
removes the condition that you have to state "this product contains
source code of Stefan Monnier".  Especially for huge software products
like the *BSD operating systems this clause became unweildy.

Keeping the copyright/license notice is probably the only thing that's
required by all licenses.

(I might have misunderstood you though, but I'd like to make this point
clear for the benefit of those who don't know the BSD license.)

> This goes to show that using the old BSD license does not really save you
> ``from determining what is and is not allowed, and which code may be linked
> or distributed with which other code.''

That's certainly true, you always have to read licenses and understand
their legal implications.  It's just much easier to read and understand
the 20 lines of the BSD license than the endless pages of the GPL or
the LGPL.


P.S.: I also don't like the ideology behind the GPL, but that's
      a different matter.
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