Subject: Re: Porting a modem driver from Linux to NetBSD
To: Kamal R Prasad <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Frederick Bruckman <email@example.com>
Date: 09/17/2003 09:10:35
On Wed, 17 Sep 2003, Kamal R Prasad wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 17, 2003 at 06:21:21PM +0530, Kamal R Prasad wrote:
> We are working on a prototype -which may or may not have commercial value.
> If the prototype is viable -the company charges money from others for
> using the functionality [src code not revealed]. If not, we still do not
> want to give away the src code -but may not earn any money in doing so.
> The GPL probably makes things difficult in the first case, but is
> equivalent to the BSD license in the 2nd case [ie no obligation to reveal
> the in-house development to anybody]. If this isn't the case, pl. clarify.
With the GPL, you can't even give away binaries built from modified
sources without giving away the source, too. With BSD licensed code,
you can. Note that the license holder is alway free to make
arrangements with you to sell you different license (for the same
code), and some even give you a choice of (free) GPL or (free)
"not-for-profit". There's no standard "not-for-profit" license, that's
just a generic description of what your group seems to want. The BSD
license is still more liberal than not-for-profit.