Questions regarding disclosure of open source

Joe Bell joe.bell at
Wed Apr 21 22:12:47 UTC 2010

Hi all:


We're all familiar with the phrase "Redistribution and use in source and
binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided
that...Redistributions must reproduce the above copyright notice, this
list of conditions and the following disclaimer" and for applications
that are cut-and-dry (say I include the lighttpd web server on my
device) it is straightforward to comply and list in your open source
declaration.  What is confusing, or at the least bit, unclear, to me is
regarding taking an off-the-shelf commercial version of Linux (say Wind
River) and then augmenting it with lighttpd and other applications that
weren't a part of the original COTS component.  In this case, am I
obligated to say, disclose the fact that a version of BusyBox is in that
Wind River distribution?  Do I have to scan every single binary and
library in my overall package and outline each of their licenses one by
one?  Or can I simply state that I utilize Wind River Linux and pass the
licensing disclosure off onto them?


The generic question is of course any time one takes a COTS component
and incorporates into their software, should you demand in turn a full
document outlining all the licenses and then append that to your own.


Thanks in advance for any insight,



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