BSD / GPL compatibility

Nick Moffitt nick at
Tue Feb 15 21:04:05 UTC 2000

begin  Ian Grigg quotation:
> Does the BSD licence give a user the right to distribute covered
> code under the GPL?  That is what it needs to permit, if the GPL
> is to be satisfied, AFAIK.  And neither the new nor old permit
> you to do that, just use it according to the restrictions.

	It's all a matter of derived work.  Some may say that using
chunks of BSD code in a GPLed work is "fair use".  Some say that the
BSD license doesn't put any restrictions on derived work (including
RMS, whom I asked this very question when I was thinking of using
GNU readline to enhance a BSD app).

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