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informIT: Comparing Open Source Licenses: GPL vs. BSDL

Feb 04, 2006, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In the free and open source software (F/OSS) communities, there are two common free software licenses, originating from two very different philosophies:

  • The Berkeley Software Distribution License (BSDL) is a very simple license. It states that you may not claim that you wrote the software under the license, and that you must state somewhere who did write it, but apart from that you can do anything you like with the code--including distributing binary copies of it and any derived works..."

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