BCFG Public License
The BCFG public license (below) seems pretty much like a standard BSD
+ advertising clause license. I can't quite seem to remember what the
current policy on that sort of license is. Plus, it's got some other
wording -- is it OK? Do any of you have any tips on what I might say
to the author regarding dropping the advertising clause? It's been so
long since I've seen that crop up that I don't really remember how
people were persuaded to do so.
This is from bcfg2, http://trac.mcs.anl.gov/projects/bcfg2.
BCFG Public License
Copyright (c) University of Chicago 1999.
1. The "Software", below, refers to the MCS Systems Administration Toolkit
(in either source-code, or binary form) and a "work based on the
Software" means a work based on either the Software, on part of the
Software, or on any derivative work of the Software under copyright law:
that is, a work containing all or a portion of the Software either
verbatim or with modifications. Each licensee is addressed as "you" or
2. The University of Chicago as Operator of Argonne National Laboratory is
the copyright holder in the Software. The copyright holder reserves all
rights except those expressly granted to the Licensee herein and
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3. A copy or copies of the Software may be given to others, if you meet the
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4. All advertising materials, journal articles and documentation mentioning
features derived from or use of the Software must display the following
"This product includes software developed by the MCS Systems Group
at Argonne National Laboratory (http://www.mcs.anl.gov/systems/)."
In the event that the product being advertised includes an intact
distribution of the Software (with copyright and license included) then
this clause is waived.
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as patches to the Software.
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thus forming a work based on the Software, and give a copy or copies of
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END OF LICENSE