Legacy approval request - BSD license (PostgreSQL variant)

Dag-Erling Smørgrav des at des.no
Fri Sep 25 10:15:19 UTC 2009

Dave Page <dpage at pgadmin.org> writes:
> The PostgreSQL project (http://www.postgresql.org/) originates from
> Michael Stonebraker's database group at UC Berkeley. The project began
> in 1986, and was released by the Regents of the University of
> California in 1996 under a variant of their BSD licence, a copy of
> which is attached to this message.

It is not "a variant of their BSD license"; it is a completely different
text, much closer in spirit to the MIT license.  The practical
difference may be small, but calling it "the BSD license" without
further qualification (see e.g. http://www.postgresql.org/about/) is
misleading at best.

BTW, have you discussed this license with a lawyer?  Did they point out
to you that the warranty and liability disclaimers apply only to the
University of California and not to the PostgreSQL Global Development

Dag-Erling Smørgrav - des at des.no

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