[nycbug-talk] good explanation of BSD license

Dru dlavigne6
Thu Oct 14 13:32:44 EDT 2004

On Thu, 14 Oct 2004, Trish Lynch wrote:

> On Wed, 13 Oct 2004, Dru wrote:
>> I'm looking for a good URL explaining the benefits of the BSD license for
>> those who are unfamiliar with it. So far I've found this so-so
>> explanation:
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BSD_and_GPL_licensing
>> Anyone aware of a better URL to either an explanation of the differences
>> between the two licenses or a whitepaper touting the benefits of the BSD
>> license? My audience will be government and mostly non-technical.
>> Dru
> I once wriote an article o the BSD licenmsing for a layperson in an issue
> of Open Magazine years ago. The magazine is now defunct, but some people
> may retain copies....
> mine are lost... so I can't find them...
> however I think the one point that someone who is a BSD licensing advocate
> can drive home is that modified works can be recopyrighted and
> modifications kept internal, with no licensing clause that mandates
> sharing the changes...
> This is a big boon to both government and private sector development where
> things can indeed remain internal or classified.

Exactly. And that is the audience for this venue. I'll poke about 
archive.org to see if they have a cached copy.


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