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Re: Licensing question about the BSD

From: Isaac
Subject: Re: Licensing question about the BSD
Date: Thu, 04 Aug 2005 04:55:57 -0500
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On 03 Aug 2005 13:44:55 -0400, Bruce Lewis <> wrote:
> Alexander Terekhov <> writes:
>> Drivative works of BSD'd code (derivative literary works [modulo the AFC
>> test] under copyright law) are subject to BSD.
> That's really interesting.  What legal jurisdiction are you in?
> U.S. law is different.  Here, derivative works have separate copyrights
> independent of copyrights on the material they're derived from.  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.  Material contributed by the author of the derivative work
> would not be subject to the BSD license.

Derivative works have separate copyrights, but distributing an inseparable 
derivative or collective work, such as a program in object form requires 
complying with the copyright/license provisions of the original material.

The BSD license does have terms, just not onerous ones.  The advertising
clause was a potentially onerous one.


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