Apache vs. BSD licenses

Rodent of Unusual Size Ken.Coar at Golux.Com
Tue Mar 20 11:58:44 UTC 2001

Ian Stokes-Rees wrote:
> We are looking at open sourcing a software project and are currently
> trying to evaluate BSD vs. Apache.  The issue is that our code base
> includes Xerces-C (XML parser) which is under Apache Public License.
> The implication, then, is that for both subsequent source and binary
> distributions there is the requirement to a) include the APL (this
> makes sense and isn't a problem), and b) include credits in binary
> only distributions (more annoying).

What clause of the Apache licence (which is *not* the Apache 'Public'
licence, btw) requires you to accrete credit?  All it says is that
if you use stuff from the ASF, you need to say so.  A one-liner,
plus the Apache licence file, ought to be sufficient.

> I understand that the FSF position on this is that the APL is GPL
> incompatible because otherwise the required list of creditors
> grows and grows with every person who makes individual
> contributions which are not signed over to one of the current
> "owners".

That is not the case.  Nothing in the Apache licence requires
anything of the kind.
#ken    P-)}

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