Subject: Re: copyright questions
To: Ted Lemon <>
From: Jim Wise <>
List: current-users
Date: 06/14/1997 01:38:32
On Fri, 13 Jun 1997, Ted Lemon wrote:

> > 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.

Simply put:  Are you suggesting that it is feasible to make all
distributors of NetBSD, or of any products derived in any way from
NetBSD contact every developer who has contributed code to the Project?

> 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.

Right.  and that is why if we want people to be able to make and
distribute products based on NetBSD, we need to make sure that it is
feasible for them to get such permission.  If even a significant
fraction of our contributors were to follow Chris's example, it would
quickly cease to be feasible.

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

>From the beginning, the NetBSD Project has aimed to produce an operating
system which _anyone_ could use or distribute.  If we place 
insurmountable hurdles in the path of those who would distribute the
system, we are failing in this goal.

				Jim Wise