Questions about the two-clause BSD license

Dag-Erling Smørgrav des at
Mon Oct 19 14:35:41 UTC 2009

Pimm Hogeling <pimmhogeling at> writes:
> Dag-Erling Smørgrav <des at> writes:
> > Did you ever stop to think that most people will find it simpler to
> > include the copyright and license statement with the binary than to
> > make the source code available "in the same way through the same
> > place"?
> Yes, obviously including the notice is easier than providing the
> source code, and will be less of a problem to proprietary software
> developers.  However, some developers will provide the source code of
> their project, anyway.  They will have to do both, since providing the
> source code does not excuse the developer from the binary form-clause.
> I'm just saying I think doing only one of them is enough, whichever
> that is.

If they distribute the source code with the binary, that is sufficient.
If they don't, they should include the license in the binary
distribution.  I don't find that requirement unreasonable, nor is it
particularly hard to comply with.  I can name half a dozen Fortune 1000
companies, several of them in the top 100, that are perfectly
comfortable with it.

You're boxing with shadows.

Dag-Erling Smørgrav - des at

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