selling freebsd cd for profit

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Sat Feb 27 19:01:15 UTC 2010

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On 27/02/2010 18:47:05, Jon Radel wrote:
> On 2/27/10 1:31 PM, Programmer In Training wrote:
>> On 02/27/10 12:22, Jon Radel wrote:
>>> On 2/27/10 2:58 AM, Matthew Seaman wrote:
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>>>> On 27/02/2010 24:50:54, Citra Cool wrote:
>>>>> can i selling free bsd for my profit??
>>>>> is it legal??
>>>> In a word, yes -- sure you can.
>>>> All you have to do is abide by the terms of the licensing.
>>> You sure that this applies in a couple countries where they have
>>> rather draconian laws about selling software that supports any
>>> type of encryption?  It's a big world out there, with many
>>> interesting laws.
>> That would be for the interested party to find out on their own, since
>> we cannot possibly know the laws for each and every country out there. I
>> find it hard enough to keep up with the laws in my own.
> Well, duh!  However, in personal correspondence, the OP refuses to even
> say what country he or she wants to do this in and simply reiterates the
> original question, despite strong hints, both on and off list, to get
> local expertise.

As far as I know FreeBSD is not actually illegal anywhere in the world,
although I guess there may be a few unenlightened places where they
don't understand the necessity of strong encryption on today's Internet.
Even so, you can strip the crypto out, and it still counts as FreeBSD.

Anyhow, any local restrictions are the OP's problem: the only point on
which I or anyone else on this list are qualified to offer an opinion
is the interpretation of the various licenses involved.  Even so, it's
strictly amateur: I have no legal qualifications or license to
practice. [My advice is free and worth every penny. It even comes with
a full money-back guarantee...]



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