Subject: Re: Strange or unclear open source licenses in NetBSD tree
To: Frank van der Linden <>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 05/30/2001 18:01:34
On Thu, 31 May 2001, Frank van der Linden wrote:

> On Wed, May 30, 2001 at 11:51:05AM -0700, Jeremy C. Reed wrote:
> > /usr/src/lib/libc/rpc/DISCLAIMER
> > Users may copy or modify Sun RPC without charge, but are not authorized to
> > license or distribute it to anyone else except as part of a product or
> > program developed by the user.
> The Sun RPC code has been in NetBSD (and FreeBSD and OpenBSD and I
> believe in various Linux distributions) for quite a while now.
> Nobody has ever seen this clause as a problem, and I do not think
> it is. We are distributing it as part of a product; NetBSD.

My particular concern is with taking a code snippet from the Sun RPC code
and distributing it with the entire DISCLAIMER license. The definition of
the word "product" is vague. Is an uncompilable code snippet a "program"
or a "product"?

Frank -- Thank you for your comments and other clarifications.

   Jeremy C. Reed