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From Niclas Hedhman <nic...@hedhman.org>
Subject BSD-styled licenses
Date Mon, 14 Nov 2005 04:59:15 GMT

On Monday 14 November 2005 00:36, Henri Yandell wrote:
> Afaik, MIT can be treated as a BSD-like licence. It can be imported,
> distributed, stored in SVN.

I actually find this rather interesting.

 1. I create a software patent SP.
 2. I create an open source project OP, which uses patent SP.
 3. I license SP under BSD/MIT styled license.
 4. I (or someone else) makes a strong dependency on top of SP
    into an Apache project AP.
 5. User U now entrust AP, and build that into a commercial app
 6. I find out that CA is using SP, and make patent claims against U.

Rationale why this is possible; BSD does not warrant that it is free of any 
patents, the authors own included. Yet, ASF has been very liberal of 
accepting BSD/MIT styled licenses almost as peers of the ASL.

Anyone want to clarify?

Does it warrant some sort of matrix in ASF, listing which projects are 
depending on which licenses? 


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