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

Clark C. Evans cce at clarkevans.com
Sun Jan 15 15:43:32 UTC 2012

On Sun, Jan 15, 2012, at 03:23 PM, Johannes Buchner wrote:
> It talks about preserving the preservation of legal notices or
> author attributions, not rules of any ad formats for the software.

That's correct.

> *The only thing you demand is that they distribute the source, and
> that the source must (forever) contain your name.*
> BSD/MIT licenses do demand that too.

That's incorrect.  Both Apache 2.0 and GPLv3 permit a requirement to
display author attribution in legal notices shown to the user, this 
is beyond MIT/BSD license which requires only that the copyright 
notice in the source files be maintained.  So, I'm looking for a clause 
for MIT/BSD derivative which would be an equivalent statement, by 
"compatible" I mean a "permissive term" by the GPLv3.

> > Here's my crayon attempt...
> > 
> > To the extent that an application using this software displays
> > legal notices, copyrights, or attributions it must acknowledge the
> > Example Project (http://example.org) in a similar manner.

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