Adding licensing info to my ports: some questions

Chad Perrin code at
Thu Jan 19 16:23:58 UTC 2012

On Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 04:13:11PM -0500, Graham Todd wrote:
> I doubt this simpler approach would be "ITIL compliant" ;) but since
> that is not a goal and the bulk of anything to do with licenses involves
> lawyers anyway, the ports/pkg system should probably try to do as little
> as possible regarding claims and interpretation. Surely keeping copies
> of licenses in an easy to find location doesn't equate to making any
> legal claim ?  NB: I am not a lawyer :)

I'm pretty dismayed by the "ignore it and it'll go away" attitude toward
licensing in much of the open source world.  How exactly do people think
that a willful ignorance defense would in any way protect the FreeBSD
project from copyright/license claims where an attempt at due diligence
(that is, finding license information with the project files and making
note of it in the port Makefile) to the reasonable best of our ability
would somehow make the project liable?  That doesn't make any sense, and
unless there are some lawyers who can cite caselaw to the contrary I
think the safest bet is probably an attempt to be transparent and
informative, with a disclaimer attached.

Of course, I'm not a lawyer either, and this is not intended as legal
advice.  It's just an expression of frustration at the way everybody
seems to think intentionally ignoring licensing will somehow make
copyright and license claims invalid.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]

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