net-snmp license

Ben Reser ben at
Fri Feb 13 08:53:05 UTC 2004

On Thu, Feb 12, 2004 at 05:28:48PM -0500, Mark W. Alexander wrote:
> Hi all,
> Has the net-snmp license ( been
> specifically OSI approved or rejected. It's "bsd-like", but OSI
> certification goes a long way towards selling it to management as "safe"
> to use.

Really the software is under 3 separate licenses accorrding to that
page.  (What a mess).

The CMU/UCD license is known as the Historical Permission Notice and
Disclaimer and is OSI approved:

The Network Associates, Inc is a standard 3 clause BSD license which is
also OSI approved:

The Cambridge Broadband Ltd. license is mostly a standard 3 clause BSD
license, though the endorsement and the warranty disclaimer have the
mention of "contributors" removed.  I don't think this change is
significant enough to consider it not to be the BSD license.

So in my view the licenses it is under is already OSI certified.
However, my review was only based upon the URL you provided.  I did not
make any effort to review the copyright notices and licenses of each
file.  So there may be other licenses that apply that I'm not aware of
and as such you can't rely on my review as a definitive review of
the licensing of the software.

Standard disclaimers: IANAL, TINLA.  Nor am I on the OSI board.

Ben Reser <ben at>

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