[License-review] New legacy license for approval: BSD-1-Clause

Russell Nelson nelson at crynwr.com
Mon Jan 6 15:23:51 UTC 2020

On 12/10/19 10:07 AM, pfg at FreeBSD.org (Pedro Giffuni) wrote:

> Hello;
> While doing a sweep through the FreeBSD code tree, I found yet another
> variant of the BSD license which I have dubbed BSD-1-Clause license:

Re-license it under the BSD LIcense and don't look back. We really need 
to move to just one BSD[123]/MIT license (actually Apache-2.0 but baby 
steps), and for any software that has a compatible license, re-license 
it under that license, and tell the original author that's necessary in 
order for it to be distributed. It will preserve freedom and reduce 
license evaluation cost. Some companies really *do* require a legal 
analysis of any license they want to use. Reducing the number of 
licenses they have to look at will save them money, and increase their 
use. More importantly it will increase their reliance on open source 

Let's be clear here: we want people to acquire freedom, we want people 
to enjoy freedom, and we want people to advance freedom. Having multiple 
nearly identical licenses hinders that goal.

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