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Re: Berkeley DB curious licensing practice

2002-10-28-12:24:21 Alan Shutko:
> It seems that this new clause makes the license similar to the GPL.
> You can redistribute BDB alone however you want.  If you are
> redistributing it with an application, the app has to be open
> source.

The new part isn't the above concept, but rather the re-definition
of "redistribute" to include copying to machines within an
organization, if they happen to be located at different physical
sites. Sleepycat is explicitly taking the position that Berkeley DB
can no longer be used for free within multi-site organizations, that
even such internal use requires either open sourcing the app, or
paying a license fee. This is new and different.

I for one am abstaining from using Berkeley DB as best I can.


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