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Re: Licensing question about the BSD

From: Per Abrahamsen
Subject: Re: Licensing question about the BSD
Date: Tue, 02 Aug 2005 14:30:31 +0200
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Steve <> writes:

>       Does this not mean that an incrementally-growing list of contributors 
> must be acknowledged through retention of their copyright notices in 
> derived works?

As long as the copyright notice and contributor list only has to be
maintained in the source code or license file, it is not a practical
problem, even with 100's or 1000's of names.  Text is cheap.

The problem with the old license was that the contributors should be
acknowledged in advertisements, where space is much more scarce.

>  For that matter, doesn't this verbiage imply that works 
> deriving from BSD-licensed code must be licensed under the BSD as 
> well... since the "copyright notice, list of conditions, and disclaimer" 
> (basically the entire contents of the license) must be retained in 
> "redistributions of source and binary forms, WITH AND WITHOUT 
> MODIFICATION" (i.e. derived works)?

The BSD license does not cover the modifications, it merely allows for
the modifications.

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