Subject: Re: copyright questions
To: Robert Black <>
From: Chris G. Demetriou <>
List: current-users
Date: 06/13/1997 09:30:08
>One thing I would like to see would be a standard list of attributions which
>can be included with any advertising material or incorporated into any
>documentation or binary releases. One of the problems at the moment is that if
>someone wants to check that they are complying with the licensing they have to
>get their lawyers to check each and every source file. My feeling is that if we
>make things easier for people to comply with they are more likely to do so.

There are actually three parts to this:

	(1) The most important, to my mind: a list of people who've
	    actually contributed software to The NetBSD Foundation
	    (i.e. done a copyright assignment), a la the Berkeley
	    contributors list.

	(2) a list of the relevant copyright notices + license terms,
	    which must be included in documentation.

	(3) a list of attributions which must be included in
	    advertisements, etc. (though this is hard, since they
	    typically only apply if specific features or use are

(2) and (3) are the 'hard' parts.  Really, the only way to make this
process safe and easy is for The NetBSD Foundation to actually obtain
copyright assignments for all/most of the code in the tree, and
require that new submissions be either assigned or have their
copyrights & license terms well-documented.

'core' has indicated in the past that they were going to do (1), but
it's never happened.

I really wish they were pursuing copyright assignments more
forcefully, but that's their decision.