Is this better for tomsrtbt?

Karsten M. Self kmself at
Sat Apr 21 02:15:45 UTC 2001

on Fri, Apr 20, 2001 at 07:49:29PM -0400, Tom Oehser (tom at wrote:
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...well, it doesn't fold in mail well....

Note that works under the BSD license can have their terms added to.
You're also capable of defining licensing terms for works which are your
own creation.

Defining "works as a whole" is probably a bit hard to understand for a
lot of people, though it's used, e.g.:  by OpenBSD for its ISO images.
What specific protections it gives you.

Why your own variant of the BSD license instead of a lightly adapted
one?  The issue is more one of cognitive distance than of unsuitedness
of your language.  Is there something that the BSD license itself
doesn't cover for you?  I suppose it's not aimed at a collective work,
but in this case the OpenBSD ISO license is a reference.

IANAL, this is not legal advice.

PS:  personal note:  TRB rocks, I owe you several large pieces of ass
saved by it.

Karsten M. Self <kmself at>
 What part of "Gestalt" don't you understand?       There is no K5 cabal
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