Subject: Re: copyright questions
To: Ty Sarna <>
From: Ted Lemon <>
List: current-users
Date: 06/13/1997 22:18:31
> But if everyone who ever contributed anything to
> the project used the CGD license, the project would be dead.

This is a pretty big statement.  Would you like to back it up somehow?
Proof by vigorous assertion (I realize you have asserted this only
once, but others have also asserted it) isn't good enough.

> It's completely unreasonable to expect people to follow a hundred
> such licenses. Getting a waiver is not an option. Chris, you try
> even sending a postcard to everyone who has contributed to this
> thread, let alone executing an agreement with everyone who ever
> contributed to NetBSD.

This simply isn't true.  If it were true that I, as a private citizen,
had to contact every contributor to NetBSD in order to *use* NetBSD,
then perhaps what you are asserting would be true.  But it's only if I
decide to make a product out of it and distribute it that what you say
is true.  And if I am making a product and distributing it, I have an
obligation to make sure that I have permission to ship the software.
That obligation exists regardless of the specific terms of copyright.

> Can't Core see that if eveyone used this license, it'd destroy the
> project?

Apparently not.   Perhaps you're wrong.   Perhaps this won't destroy
the project.   I'm certainly not planning to stop using NetBSD.   Are