LICENSE questions

Chuck Swiger cswiger at
Mon Jun 14 16:59:47 UTC 2010


On Jun 14, 2010, at 1:07 AM, Doug Barton wrote:
> I'm working on adding LICENSE information to my ports, and have a few questions. A lot of my ports are ISC products, and they have the following:

Yes, that's the ISC license,

> I also have dns/fpdns which has this: which looks like it could be BSD, but I'm not sure. I also have several others in this category.

That's a 3-clause BSD license variant.

> net-mgmt/p5-Net-IP has which could fall into the "perl" category, except there isn't one. :)

Many Perl things are licensed under the same terms as Perl itself; ie, dual-licensed under the GPL & Artistic license.  (The latter license is not well-written, and should be deprecated-- the GPL does a better job.)

> x11/xscreensaver doesn't have an explicit copyright/license file, but it has this in the individual files:
> * xscreensaver, Copyright (c) 1991-2010 Jamie Zawinski <jwz at>
> *
> * Permission to use, copy, modify, distribute, and sell this software and its
> * documentation for any purpose is hereby granted without fee, provided that
> * the above copyright notice appear in all copies and that both that
> * copyright notice and this permission notice appear in supporting
> * documentation.  No representations are made about the suitability of this
> * software for any purpose.  It is provided "as is" without express or
> * implied warranty.
> */
> Seems like BSD to me?

That's a MIT/X11 license minus the all-caps DISCLAIMER.


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