For Approval: The netX Public Lisense (in plain text)

John Cowan cowan at
Thu Oct 7 16:42:50 UTC 2010

Wilson, Andrew scripsit:

> Let's try a thought experiment.  I want to copy some BSD code into
> my netX-licensed project.  The combined work presumably must be
> netX-licensed since it is the more restrictive license. However, all
> existing BSD disclaimers of liability must remain in place, and those
> disclaimers (while they might not be enforceable in all jurisdictions)
> are broader than netX's.  Conflict of licenses?

I don't see how.  Each licensor is disclaiming liability for his own code.
The fact that there is BSD-licensed code in the Windows TCP/IP stack
doesn't mean that the BSD disclaimer controls Windows.

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