Accusations, accusations, always accusations

Brian Behlendorf brian at
Wed Oct 20 17:53:20 UTC 1999

On Mon, 18 Oct 1999, Richard Stallman wrote:
>     Since this concept of getting "credit" for software seems to be so
>     important, it probably should be embodied in the license. 
> I disagree on principle; however, even if I agreed, I see no way that
> a license could be written to address the issue.

Yay, a discussion about licenses on license-discuss.  In the new Apache
license (which has not yet been applied to the HTTP project, but is being
used on Jakarta), we have changed the much-maligned "advertising clause" 
to read:

   3. The end-user documentation included with the redistribution,
      if any, must include the following acknowledgment:  
         "This product includes software developed by the
          Apache Software Foundation ("
      Alternately, this acknowledgment may appear in the software itself,
      if and wherever such third-party acknowledgments normally appear.

It may not be satisfactory to Richard, but it does address the issue, and
is much more liberal (by being more specific) than the older one.


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