Subject: Re: Charging the Charger
From: Taran Rampersad <>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 23:44:35 -0500

David N. Welton wrote:

>Taran Rampersad <> writes:
>>That's an arguable description of freedom, since the freedom you
>>describe is for a redistributor to lock code away - which is a
>>violation of the GPL, and if Stallman signed onto that, I'd love to
>>know it.  That's the problem with the old BSD license, if you
>>recall... and why it's not considered a Free License.
>The problem with that license was the so called "advertising clause".
>You are still quite free to take BSD code and make proprietary
>derivatives from it.
True. But in the days of less flexibility from the FSF, there was also
the issue that it *could* be put into a proprietary derivative. I won't
pretend to understand that or DotGNU, for that matter.

So instead of getting into that messy discussion, here's a question: Why
not just use a BSD license and release the source code whenever you want
to? Maybe GPL simply sounds better. I don't know. But it seems a whole
lot less messy to do this hypothetical scenario if you start with the
BSD license.

And you wouldn't even have to modify the BSD license! So cool.

Taran Rampersad
Presently in: Esteli, Nicaragua

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