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Re: [Haskell-cafe] short licensing question

Subject: Re: [Haskell-cafe] short licensing question
From: Jeremy Shaw
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010 14:01:11 -0600
What reasons do people have to use a BSD license over a Public Domain license, for example with the license text from: <http://www.lemur.com/pd-disclaimers.html > ? Is the only difference that, with a BSD license, the copyright notice must be maintained?
I've heard rumors that you can't license your code as public domain in
some countries. Not sure if the BSD3 helps with that though.
But, one reason I license my Haskell code as BSD3 is that GHC and
most(?) of the libraries on hackage are BSD3. And the BSD3 license is
very widely known. As a result, I don't expect to have to deal with
licensing issues. If I used a different license, then people would
have to wonder... even if the license was more liberal. I figure
people want to code, not think about licenses :p
Also, I think it is kind of rude/conceited to license my code as GPL
when it builds on so much BSD3 code. As if my code is some how so much
better that the BSD3 isn't good enough for it :p
- jeremy
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