22 BSD License

Read the article at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BSD_licenses


BSD – Berkeley Software Distribution license. The original BSD license is Free Software Foundation/GPL compatible, but the modified versions are not because of advertising clauses.

Key Points

  • Free software license, with minimal restrictions on redistribution
    • Does not have share-alike requirements like copyleft.
  • Allows proprietary use and allows incorporation into proprietary products.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why would a person choose the BSD over the GPL?
  2. How does BSD contrast from GPL?
  3. What differentiates BSD from other licenses?

Additional Resources

Free Software Foundation (2014). gnu.org. Retrieved from https://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html

Permissive Free Software License (2014). Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permissive_free_software_licence


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