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Re: License for PostgreSQL for commercial purpose

From: "Peter Galbavy" <peter(dot)galbavy(at)knowtion(dot)net>
To: "Tom Lane" <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: "Eric Yum" <eric(dot)yum(at)ck-lifesciences(dot)com>,<pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: License for PostgreSQL for commercial purpose
Date: 2004-03-29 07:10:41
Message-ID: 001801c4155d$5c680800$24e0a8c0@sonylaptop (view raw or flat)
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Tom Lane wrote:
> Neither of those readings is correct.  The correct interpretation is
> that the copyright holders (us and UCB, in the case of Postgres)
> aren't charging any fee.  This does not prohibit others from charging
> for their own efforts.

As I said in my original reply, intention has little bearing to (legal)
reality. The legal advice received by some, including the OpenBSD project -
so I understand, is that the wording is not clear enough and is open to
interpretation.

> To read it as prohibiting fees for redistribution would mean that, for
> example, no Linux distribution could include BSD-licensed software
> (at least not on CD sets that they charge money for).  I don't know of
> anyone who thinks that is appropriate or intended.

See http://www.openbsd.org/policy.html for some of that project's view. This
specific issue if not discusses, but note that sadly PostgreSQL is not
distributed on the CD-ROm for this exact very reason. i.e.
http://www.openbsd.org/cgi-bin/cvsweb/ports/databases/postgresql/Makefile?rev=1.65&content-type=text/x-cvsweb-markup

I also note this exact issue was discussed last year on pgsql-general.

Peter


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