[License-discuss] a GPLv3 compatible attribution for MIT/BSD?

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Feb 2 09:10:05 UTC 2012

Quoting Richard Fontana (rfontana at redhat.com):

> The only thing I would take issue with is characterizing what SugarCRM
> did (at least if you're talking about the initial version that was
> released under GPLv3, since I haven't followed it since then) as a
> "perversion", because as a matter of historical record it was done
> with the FSF's blessing, and through a negotiation with the FSF's
> lawyers (which, at the time and for that purpose, was me).

Well, thanks for posting that.  I had heard odd tales suggesting that
FSF at the time considered copacetic SugarCRM's adaption of GPLv3
clause 3b to mandate immutable runtime display of trademarked logos and
advertising on every user interface screen of the program and all
derivatives -- and considered those tales a real head-scratcher at the

Many people, I think, didn't quite grasp how much SugarCRM's grudge over
the 2004 vTigerCRM fork, and their reaction to try to (IMO) hobble any
third-party commercial competitors remained with them, thereafter.

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