Berkeley DB License

John Cowan jcowan at
Fri Nov 1 15:00:36 UTC 2002

Bennett Todd scripsit:

> The result is certainly something that doesn't have the flavour of
> Open Source any more --- a company using it can now be forced to pay
> SleepyCat, or stop using it, if they're using it at more than one
> place.

Not so.  The company can, however, be compelled to disgorge their source code
to anyone who asks, not merely anyone who has the binary (as is true of the

I think that this is reasonable, though I admit it pushes the envelope

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