Subject: Re: BSD variants (was: RE: The Legal Tower of Babel, was Re: WebM license resolution.)
From: "Jeremy C. Reed" <reed@reedmedia.net>
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2010 16:16:26 -0500 (CDT)

On Mon, 7 Jun 2010, Wilson, Andrew wrote:

> > As an example, I have a book compilation of only 620 manual pages from
> > NetBSD which has 103 unique licenses. 99 are BSD-style licensed and 12
> > MIT-style (some files have multiple licenses). 99 different BSD
> > licenses!
> 
> Do these 99 flavors differ by more than the name of the licensor, or
> are there material changes to the license grant?

The copyright lines are excluded in my counts. But in many cases the 
licensor is listed by name as part of the license and/or disclaimer. So 
I count those different.

But many minor changes in the license, clauses, and/or disclaimers even 
for punctuation. For example (ignore the licensor is different):

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Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without 
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Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without 
modifications, are permitted provided that the above copyright notice 
and this paragraph are duplicated in all such forms and that any 
documentation, advertising materials, and other materials related to 
such distribution and use acknowledge that the software was developed by 
the WIDE Project, Japan.

Redistribution and use, with or without modification, in source and 
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contributors.