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On Tue, 2003-03-11 at 18:46, Terry Hancock wrote:
> Admidst the storms of controversy, I'd just like to ask a (hopefully) simple 
> question... ;-)
> 
> The GPL is the "clear winner" for being a maximally "standard" copyleft free 
> license.
> 
> The BSD license is apparently not directly usable (mentions Berkeley 
> explicitly, etc), so these licenses are generally called "BSD-type". Or, 
> AFAIK, anyway.
> 
> Is there a *standard* boilerplate for a "BSD-type" or say "maximally free" 
> non-copyleft license (if BSD doesn't cut it).  The only requirement I want to 
> have is that credit is given correctly and that it positively asserts that I 
> own copyright in the work.  Probably also the "no warranty" language.  No 
> advertising clauses are needed. ;-)
> 
> I am delivering work on a contract, and this is (to be) part of the contract 
> terms -- i.e. that they get the code with no strings, but it isn't theirs. 
> That is, they can't turn around and charge me a license fee to use or 
> redistribute the code I wrote!  The important distinction is to prevent it 
> from being considered a "work for hire" in the usual sense.
> 
> I don't want to ruffle their feathers by making them consider all the license 
> details -- I'd like to just say "BSD license" or some appropriate standard 
> that they can live with.  They could, of course, sell the software to someone 
> else, but the usual caveats about selling free software (i.e. you can be 
> easily undersold) apply.  That might be valuable to them if they wanted to 
> build significantly on it, though.
> 
> Also it must be freely convertable to GPL, as, if I build anything on it 
> *after* the contract, I'll want to have copyleft on the changes.
> 
> The package is probably going to be a collection of Debian packaging scripts 
> to install a large suite of scientific applications using apt/apt-get, so it 
> is I think on-topic, since I will most likely want to contribute the code for 
> use by Debian packagers (I don't think Debian will accept it directly for 
> policy reasons, but it shouldn't be too much of a fix-up -- basically I need 
> to use a weird prefix to keep my installation out of the way of the OS and 
> optionally-selectable, it also has to load on Red Hat and Solaris, etc.).
> 
> If no such standard boilerplate license exists -- would it be reasonable to 
> propose publishing one with instructions, along the same lines as the FSF has 
> done with the GPL?
> 
> Thanks,
> Terry
> 
> --
> Terry Hancock ( hancock at anansispaceworks.com )
> Anansi Spaceworks  http://www.anansispaceworks.com
> 
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