Subject: Re: default copyright for docs?
To: Jan Schaumann <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: netbsd-docs
Date: 05/29/2002 17:30:28
Jan Schaumann <> writes:
> "Perry E. Metzger" <> wrote:
> > Jan Schaumann <> writes:
> > > He referred me to lib/libc/rpc/DISCLAIMER, which does not lead me to a
> > > conclusion re the copying of the man-page by LFS, however.  Maybe I'm
> > > just not good at lawyer-speak.
> > 
> > DISCLAIMER appears to quite explicitly claim copyright and limit the
> > man page's use, at least by my reading.
> So the man page can not be re-distributed unless as part of "a product
> or program"?


> What's "a product", then?  Is whatever LFS is doing "a
> product"?  (To be absurd: If I sell a box of milk from my own cows (= a
> product developed by me), may I also redistribute parts of Sun RPC?)

The reason we prefer BSD licenses is to avoid this sort of mess.

I'd say the right thing to do is to get Sun to clarify the license so
that we can fix the man pages.

Perry E. Metzger
NetBSD: The right OS for your embedded design.