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Wed Apr 16 07:23:09 PDT 2003
This FAQ touch on some issues regarding GPL, LGPL, BSD and others...
Hope it helps
From: Bill Moran [mailto:wmoran at potentialtech.com]
Sent: 16 April 2003 03:23
Cc: questions at freebsd.org
Subject: Re: License questions
I am not a lawyer. If you're running a business you should seek
legal advice. Here's my opinion/experience, however.
> I would like to use FreeBSD to make commercial and free software. For
> I use a number of programs and third-party libraries (I program in
> guess it that there is no problem with using antuja, gnome, c++ doc
> programs for this, but what about the libraries? Some of them are
> under the BSD license, but other under GPL or LGPL.
> My question is, can I use libraries like dbconnect, common c++,
> (which are all under the GPL or LGPL) to make closed-source,
Maybe. You can do it with LGPL, but not with GPL. Not being able to
create closed-source software from GPLed stuff is a fundamental precept
> Also, if I want to release software under the BSD license, does the
> have to be included in every file I write?
I'm not sure, but it should would be safer that way (no chance of "I
get the license with this distro") I think you should at least put in a
notification that the software is distributed under the BSD license.
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