Subject: Re: vi update?
To: Bill Studenmund <>
From: Chris G. Demetriou <>
List: current-users
Date: 02/22/2000 14:11:45
Bill Studenmund <> writes:
> While that's perfectly fine for code you or I write, how exactly are we
> supposed to do this to code someone else wrote? The problem with GPL &
> advertizing clauses and *BSD programs/kernels is that folks in the past
> stuck advertizing clauses on their code which was brought into *BSD, which
> means it won't mesh with GPL'd code. 
> The only way for us to drop the advertizing clauses is to either re-write
> the files from scratch, or get the author to drop the advertizing clause.
> Note that Berkeley has done the latter. :-)

Could somebody clarify this for me:

Is even the "you must include this notice in your documentation"
clause allowable under the GPL?

I see no reason why it would be no more or less onerous, when looked
at from the standpoint of the GPL, unless the GPL makes a special

Chris Demetriou - -
Disclaimer: Not speaking for NetBSD, just expressing my own opinion.