Brian Behlendorf brian at
Sat Nov 22 23:03:54 UTC 2003

On Sat, 22 Nov 2003, Ian Lance Taylor wrote:
> I think a better word here is ``sticky.''  The GPL is a sticky
> license; once it is attached to code, it can't be removed.  The BSD
> license is not sticky; it can be removed (or at least the most
> important provisions can).

No, the terms in the BSD license can not be removed by someone
redistributing the work, or even a derived work from a BSD-licensed work
that is under a different license.  One can *add* new terms, though,
which the GPL forbids.


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