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Re: Licensing question about the BSD

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Licensing question about the BSD
Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2005 20:34:35 +0200

Bruce Lewis wrote:
> Since the BSD license allows code to be used for any purpose, the 
> purpose of creating a derivative work and distributing it under a 
> different license is allowed.  

Use is irrelevant because as far as copyright is concerned, it is 
permitted per 17 USC 117 and the BSD doesn't seek to override 17 
USC 117 "user rights" in contractual manner. Regarding derivative 
works beyond the scope of 17 USC 117 adaptations (note that 17 USC 
117 adaptations may be transferred/distributed only with the 
authorization of the copyright owner), the modified source code 
must retain the BSD license: different license is not allowed.


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