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Re: BSD license, core libraries, and NetBSD

On Tue, Oct 15, 2002 at 07:51:19PM -0700, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:

> > Do we know for a fact that:

> > a) the FSF is aware that the NetBSD folks ships gcc with their operating
> >    system,
> > b) the FSF is aware that the NetBSD code that gcc links against is still
> >    old-style BSD,
> > c) the FSF has *explicitly stated* that NetBSD can legally ship gcc with
> >    their OS under these circumstances

> I know (a) for a fact, and I know that it was perfectly well aware of
> (b) as well, at least before BSD announced its change.

> The FSF's position is that the noxious advertising clause is not
> enforceable in the United States, and so, in the US at least, is not
> in conflict with the GPL.

Thank you for that clarification.  I'm not sure where that puts Debian,
however, if the legality of this is based on the particulars of US law.

Steve Langasek
psotmodern programmer

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