Re: compatibility of bsd and gpl
Markus Laire wrote:
On 10/9/06, Arnoud Engelfriet <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Matthew Wala wrote:
> Is clause 3 of the BSD license ("The name of the author...")
Yes, because GPL article 1 has a corresponding requirement.
I don't see any such requirement in GPLv2 article 1:
I don't see there anything which says anything like BSD clause 3:
: Neither the name of the <ORGANIZATION> nor the names of its contributors
: may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software
: without specific prior written permission.
Is there a good reason why this isn't considered an additional restriction?
As I understand it, most trademark laws already stop you from claiming
that Joe Random Hacker endorses things when he hasn't given you
permission to say so.
Thusly, clause 3 of the BSD license isn't so much adding a restriction
as failing to grant an additional permission, and then drawing your
attention to something that would be the case with or without the license.