Subject: Re: copyright questions
To: Chris G. Demetriou <>
From: None <chammer@HRZ.Uni-Bielefeld.DE>
List: current-users
Date: 06/13/1997 12:39:36
> If somebody really wants to do a public service and says "I'll pay you
> N dollars to re-release that software with a berkeley-style license,
> or to assign the copyright to The NetBSD Foundation" I would certainly
> consider it.  I can be bought.  However, if all i'm getting from
> writing and releasing the code is the enjoyment of writing it (yah,
> OK, i'm sick 8-) and the credit i get from distributing it, then I'm a
> damned fool if i don't make sure i get that credit.

Certainly all this is perfectly ok. Nobody has to demand any way how
Chris has to distribute his work. I don't think there is a danger that
someone doesn't realize the amount of work Chris or anyone of the core team
or anyone of the supporting people has done. In any case nobody who
looks deeper into it.
I don't use NetBSD/OpenBSD for earning money. Therefore i use
Aix. BSD is for my private fun and my private projects. All of
you know reasons for not using Linux. But i never would reject Linux
because of the copyright issue. 

To me it seems the copyright of BSD gets more and more complicated to
fullfill. Because of this and because of the demand to distribute 
the BSDs as easy as possible strong copyright restrictions or affected 
code should be *imho* rejected by the NetBSD core group. Perhaps there is
a way to distribute the affected changes as patches. 

This is not meant as offend. Please keep in mind that i see the BSDs as
OS's that have the potential for professional use but use them as hobbiest.

Carsten Hammer  Schwindstr. 7 33615 Bielefeld
Fakultaet fuer Physik          D4-139