Subject: Re: copyright questions
To: Andrew Gillham <>
From: Ted Lemon <>
List: current-users
Date: 06/13/1997 10:24:45
> With the advent of this clause in licenses, anyone wishing to use
> NetBSD for commercial purposes will be in for an interesting ride.
> Perhaps I develop a CDROM of NetBSD, or an embedded OS, or a "lite"
> server based on NetBSD.  I decide to buy a full page ad in a
> magazine that I feel will reach my target market.  After coming up
> with a nifty ad that spells out how my product is the best, I realize
> I need to add some text to comply with the license.  So now I need to
> put something in my ad:
> 	This product includes software developed by
> 	Christopher G. Demetriou for the NetBSD Project.

There are plenty of companies using NetBSD in commercial products
right now, and so far I can safely say that at least one (Vixie
Enterprises) completely sympathises with Chris and doesn't mind
jumping through some extra hoops to deal with this issue.   Another,
Digital, is Chris's employer.   I think you should come up with an
example of a commercial entity that is *actually* harmed by this
license before you start making claims as to such harm.