BSD & MIT licenses compatible?

John Cowan cowan at
Sat Apr 14 05:22:54 UTC 2007

Suraj N. Kurapati scripsit:

> Please consider the following scenarios to help me better understand
> whether BSD* and MIT code are "compatible".

Your scenarios are correct as far as they go.

> The BSD is not compatible with the MIT license because it has an
> additional condition (i.e. you cannot use copyright holder's names
> to promote the product) that the MIT license lacks.

That just means they are not *identical*; they are still *compatible*.
You can take code under the MIT license and code under the BSD license
and license the result under (almost) any license you like.  The
BSD and MIT terms do not *contradict* one another.

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