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Re: I've got a bad feeling about this...

On Tue, Oct 15, 2002 at 12:20:06AM -0500, Chris Lawrence wrote:
> On Oct 15, matthew green wrote:
> >    NetBSD. Licensing.
> >    
> >    Appears to be old (non-revised) BSD license... certainly the INSTALL.txt
> >    file for 1.6 has lines at the beginning of the ungodly long section for
> >    the NetBSD project (in two forms, no less!)
> >    
> >    Pardon me while I sink into despair of ever untangling the mess, even if
> >    we can use it (is the old BSD license DFSG-non-free?)
> > 
> > 
> > the biggest problem isn't that TNF has a "clause 3" but that N
> > contributers also do.  however, that list is maintained in
> > distrib/notes/legal i think so you can easily get a list of
> > "clause 3"'s in the netbsd source tree.  unfortunately, these
> > aren't linked to the sources they refer to cuz in some cases
> > this list is 100's of files across the whole tree.
> > 
> > 
> > it was my understanding the old 4 clause UCB license was DFSG
> > happy, anyway.
> The four-clause license is DFSG-free; however, it is
> GPL-incompatible.  This shouldn't be a problem with the NetBSD kernel,
> but it might be a problem if you need to link some NetBSD code to
> GPLed code in userland.  (For example, if you need to link some
> 4-clause library to gcc.)

Er. Given that 'libc' is under the 4-clause license, if this is true... or
does that not apply to 'system' libraries? NetBSD certainly has a fair bit
of GPLed code, including dist/gnu in the source tree.

Still, as long as it's DFSG-free... what are the practical implications
of using it as a core? Do we have to provide an advertising clause in our
releases, et al, as NetBSD appears to?

I can work on trying to untangle the strands of which license applies to
what part of the NetBSD source tree, but I need to know what I should do
about the copyright file and whether anyone else needs to be aware...
Joel Baker                           System Administrator - lightbearer.com
lucifer@lightbearer.com              http://users.lightbearer.com/lucifer/

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