Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Oct 2006 21:00 UTC, submitted by Luis
GNU, GPL, Open Source "There has been lots of talk over the past few years about open source license proliferation. I'm generally of the mind that if you can't solve the problem with the GPL, MPL, or BSD, it's not a licensing problem worth solving. I've therefore been interested to watch the progress of the European Union Public License (Draft here). The EU has stated its rationale (which the Free Software Foundation doesn't buy), but let me add one big reason of my own."
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Please shed some light on this
by pandronic on Sat 14th Oct 2006 08:14 UTC
pandronic
Member since:
2006-05-18

Forgive my vague knowledge on this matter.

I know that one cannot distribute closed software linked to GPL software (like the nVidia/ATI drivers and the Linux kernel), but what about distributing closed software with something that is BSD licensed - like the FreeBSD kernel - or EUPL licensed? Is that legal?

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h3rman Member since:
2006-08-09

I know that one cannot distribute closed software linked to GPL software (like the nVidia/ATI drivers and the Linux kernel), but what about distributing closed software with something that is BSD licensed - like the FreeBSD kernel - or EUPL licensed? Is that legal?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BSD_license#Proprietary_software_licen...
The answer seems to be yes, as long as the software that originally came with the BSD license will not be hijacked.

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Morin Member since:
2005-12-31

> [...] but what about distributing closed software with
> something that is BSD licensed - like the FreeBSD kernel [...]

With BSDL, this is possible, as long as you respect the BSDL. That is, keep the no-warranty disclaimer and copyright notices intact.

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eMagius Member since:
2005-07-06

what about distributing closed software with something that is BSD licensed - like the FreeBSD kernel - or EUPL licensed? Is that legal?

It's perfectly acceptable (and even encouraged) with the BSDL.

It also appears to be acceptable with the EUPL, as long as the EUPL portion is made available in source code form.

Edited 2006-10-15 00:24

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