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Re: Sixth Draft (BSD language)

From: Ned Lilly <ned(at)nedscape(dot)com>
To: PostgreSQL Advocacy <pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Sixth Draft (BSD language)
Date: 2004-09-02 17:17:06
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>>>>PostgreSQL is licensed under a BSD-style license, which due to its
>>>>lack of licensing fees allows corporate and individual users more
>>>>flexibility than the competition.
>>>This is an incorrect interpretation of the licensing situation.
>>>There are plenty of licenses that are granted free of charge but
>>>still leave the recipient without any flexibility.  The advantage of
>>>the BSD license is the lack of restrictions on modication and
>>I suggested, separately, a "more flexible" :-) wording for this.
>>One of the benefits of the BSD license is that it means that users are
>>not left agonizing over which license, from a "dueling licenses"
>>structure, applies to them.  They can do as they need to without
>>needing to worry about licensing fees or choices.
> The problem with this approach is that it singles out one specific
> company and it's license model while ignoring the real targets like
> oracle and db2... perhaps a kindler, gentler approach:
> "PostgreSQL is licensed under the BSD license, giving maximum
> flexibility for both commercial and noncommercial use. This puts our
> users in control of how PostgreSQL is deployed in their organizations,
> not us, which is how we feel it should be."   

The original language I suggested was:

PostgreSQL is released under a "BSD-style" license, which allows maximum flexibility for corporate and individual users, with no license fees regardless of how the software is used.

I think that offers a good contrast to both MySQL and the commercial competitors.

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