Subject: Re: question about copying small amounts of code from BSD, MIT or Apache 1.1 licensed open source...
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2005 23:18:22 -0500

Rod Dixon scripsit:

> Yes, Larry, I agree completely.  The point I did not make at risk of making 
> the BSD license seem more confusing than its brevity suggests was correctly 
> identified by your post.  The BSD License applies to the derivative work, 
> but does not require use with the distribution.

You guys are lawyers and I'm not, so I'll say what needs saying.
Using a snippet like that is almost certainly either fair use or
de minimis, and nobody using the BSD license is likely to be a
fanatic about it.  Even the FSF explicitly doesn't care about ten
GPLed lines or less.

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