BSD variants (was: RE: The Legal Tower of Babel, was Re: WebM license resolution.)

Wilson, Andrew andrew.wilson at
Mon Jun 7 20:44:48 UTC 2010

Jeremy C. Reed [mailto:reed at] wrote:

>> The fact is that there are a large number of subtle variations on the
>> BSD license.
> As an example, I have a book compilation of only 620 manual pages from
> NetBSD which has 103 unique licenses. 99 are BSD-style licensed and 12
> MIT-style (some files have multiple licenses). 99 different BSD
> licenses!

Do these 99 flavors differ by more than the name of the licensor, or
are there material changes to the license grant?

Andy Wilson
Intel open source technology center

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