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Re: Copyright question


On Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 04:46:23PM +0100, Cyril Brulebois wrote:
> On 06/02/2008, Jean Parpaillon wrote:
> >  3. All  advertising  materials  mentioning  features  or  use of this
> >  software must display the following acknowledgement:
> >  This  product  includes  software  developed  at  the  University  of
> >  Tennessee, Knoxville, Innovative Computing Laboratories.
> >
> >  4. The name of the  University,  the name of the  Laboratory,  or the
> >  names  of  its  contributors  may  not  be used to endorse or promote
> >  products  derived   from   this  software  without  specific  written
> >  permission.
> > --------------------
> >
> > I've read DFSG and I'm not sure if items 3 and 4 are problematic. Can
> > someone help me ? If it's not ok, may it be in contrib ?
> See http://wiki.debian.org/DFSGLicenses, BSD-3 (without point 3.)
> isn't a problem.
> The advertising requirement (3.) is a problem, though.

Just to make this clear: the 4-clause BSD license is not a problem in
respect to DFSG-freeness - it's perfectly fine to include BSD 4-clause
licensed software in Debian. However, the license is incompatible to the
GPL, so you may not mix BSD 4-clause and GPL code.


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Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary
Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.         -- Benjamin Franklin

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